Feild­ing Gar­den Fest

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

The four quad­rants of Manch­ester Square, Feild­ing, will once again be the site for the Manawatu Gar­den and Life­style Fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate Mother’s Day week­end Satur­day from 9am to 4pm and Sun­day from 9am to 3.30pm.

This will be the third year the fes­ti­val has been held in the heart of Feild­ing. The lo­ca­tion has proved to be in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar with ease of ac­cess for vis­i­tors and stall­hold­ers.

‘‘Our theme for this year will be bees,’’ says com­mit­tee co­or­di­na­tor Mau­reen Healey.

‘‘Ev­ery­one on our com­mit­tee is just buzzing with ex­cite­ment with what we have achieved, and we can­not wait to share it with you.’’

The Honey Man, a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor at the Feild­ing Farm­ers mar­ket will ‘bee’ on hand with some bee­hives.

With more than 100 sites, the range of dis­plays should ap­peal to new gar­den­ers as well as keen gar­den­ers.

‘‘There will be some­thing for ev­ery­one. We are set­ting up two large mar­quees, pre­sent­ing lots of ex­cit­ing ideas, in­no­va­tions and prac­ti­cal ad­vice for gar­den­ers.’’

Along with some of the reg­u­lar stall­hold­ers who have proved to be so pop­u­lar at pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals, there are many new ex­hibitors.

Stun­ning prod­ucts rang­ing from plants, gar­den tools, gifts, out­door fur­ni­ture and gar­den stat­ues to name a few will be avail­able over the week­end.

The band Stranded in Par­adise will be pro­vid­ing live mu­sic over both days of the fes­ti­val.

Craven Noble will be the com­pere ex­traor­di­naire for the week­end to en­sure vis­i­tors are kept in­formed about all the ac­tiv­i­ties.

The fes­ti­val hosts a com­pe­ti­tion for schools called Liv­ing Wall. Chil­dren have taken re­cy­cled freight­ing pal­lets and con­verted them into liv­ing walls dec­o­rated with plants, bright coloured paints and other em­bel­lish­ments.

The pub­lic is asked to vote for the Liv­ing Walls they think are the best.

As a fundraiser, lo­cal Scouts will be on hand to as­sist with car­ry­ing cus­tomers’ pur­chases from stall to ve­hi­cle as well as op­er­at­ing a ‘‘cre`che’’ where pur­chases can be put aside.

For out of town vis­i­tors, Feild­ing of­fers up a fab­u­lous cafe scene and bou­tique shop­ping.

Think square this Mother’s Day, think Manch­ester Square, Feild­ing.

Whether you are a new gar­dener or an old hand, the Manawatu Gar­den and Life­style Fes­ti­val 2016 will be the place to be on Satur­day and Sun­day.

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