Countdown to BOP Garden & Art Festival events begins
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.’’
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
Rachel McGarva is taking part in the BOP Garden & Art Festival.