Count­down to BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val events be­gins

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t ev­ery­one opts to go on the gar­den and art trail and this is a nice way of still hav­ing a slice of the fes­ti­val ac­tion.’’

Marc An­der­son

Rachel McGarva is keep­ing a close eye on what’s bud­ding and flow­er­ing on her patch as the count­down be­gins for the BOP Gar­den& Art Fes­ti­val.

Rachel is the cre­ator of Salty Petals gar­den— so named as it’s on Tau­ranga’s water­front. FromNovem­ber 15-18 shewill join scores of other gar­den­ers through­out the West­ern Bay of Plenty show­cas­ing their gar­dens dur­ing the bi­en­nial gar­den and art fes­ti­val.

The McGarva gar­den is English in style, with amass of old-fash­ioned David Austin roses, kept com­pany by the likes of fox-gloves, laven­der, irises and other cot­tage gar­den plants. There’s also a wee wild­flower patch and some cute build­ings on site.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Marc An­der­son says Rachel’s is one of 71 gar­dens on the trail, which also in­cludes the work of 100 artists. Six of the gar­dens are also art stops. There will be ram­bling ru­ral gar­dens, small plots (and plenty in-be­tween), fes­ti­val favourites such asRachel’s, new­com­ers . . . aw­holemix of de­lights.

Fur­ther cre­ativ­ity, un­der a Bloom in the Bay ban­ner, will be on of­fer at the fes­ti­val hub at Tau­ranga’sHis­toric Vil­lage. The site will be a place where ev­ery­one— in­clud­ing fam­i­lies with young chil­dren — can en­joy key­note speak­ers, en­ter­tain­ment (in­clud­ing live mu­sic), food and bev­er­ages, ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, dis­plays and con­cept gar­dens. It will be open for all ages and will run on the fes­ti­val days from 9am un­til 9.30pm.

“Not ev­ery­one opts to go on the gar­den and art trail and this is a nice way of still hav­ing a slice of the fes­ti­val ac­tion. Of course, ac­tiv­i­ties have been timed to also suit those who have been on the trail dur­ing the day,” Marc says.

■ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.gar­de­nan­dart­fes­ti­val.co.nz

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Rachel McGarva is tak­ing part in the BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val.

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