Rib­bles­dale re­splen­dent for Gar­den Fete

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SHAN­NON BEYNON

Rib­bles­dale Gar­den put on a per­fect show on Sun­day for the sixth an­nual Ox­ford Gar­den Fete.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple de­scended on the glo­ri­ous gar­den for the day, and not one was dis­ap­pointed. Around 100 stalls dot­ted around the grounds kept at­ten­dees me­an­der­ing through the many spe­cial spa­ces of the gar­dens, and shop­ping bags were filled with early Christ­mas shop­ping, gar­den ne­ces­si­ties and the odd spe­cial treat.

Celebrity chef Richard Till was a hit with the crowds, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­iser Wendy Doody.

‘‘He was just so laid back and gave good, sen­si­ble ba­sic cook­ing in­for­ma­tion that any­one can try, with just a lit­tle bit of some­thing spe­cial. Some­thing slightly more classy than the old steak on the BBQ.’’

Doody said feed­back from the more-than-100 stall hold­ers was great, with many al­ready book­ing for next year.

‘‘Any­thing that had to do with gar­den­ing did par­tic­u­larly well, as you’d ex­pect, and they re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­fort put in by the or­gan­is­ers. They loved that we came and checked on them a few times through­out the day.’’

The an­nual fete started with around 60 stalls and that num­ber has nat­u­rally grown over the years, mak­ing for a won­der­ful ad­ven­ture in the beau­ti­ful set­ting.

‘‘We never re­ally planned to have stalls on the shin­gle sec­tion by the plant nurs­ery, but it’s be­come a real hub,’’ Doody said.

‘‘We also make sure we have plenty of seat­ing, par­tic­u­larly around the food court, and lots of shady spots with ta­bles and the straw bales for peo­ple to rest at.’’

Doody said the am­bi­ence of the gar­dens pro­vided a per­fect back­drop to a great day out.

Rus­tic Charm Gar­den Art came all the way from Whangarei to dis­play their wares

Rib­bles­dale Gar­dens pro­vided plenty of shady spots to sit dur­ing the Ox­ford Gar­den Fete

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