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Ju­dith and War­ren Macneil’s Te Puke gar­den is a BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val new­comer.

There’s plenty of gar­den love to be found at their Cooney Place prop­erty, aptly named Jude’s Happy Place, and they’re look­ing for­ward to shar­ing it with fes­ti­val trail-go­ers.

The Mac­neils’ gar­den spans a tra­di­tional half-acre site where there is plenty to please fes­ti­val­go­ers.

Roses, wis­te­rias and grapes drape over per­go­las; potager, herb and bor­der gar­dens are lush; veges and fruit trees thrive; a board­walk pro­vides ac­cess to fur­ther plant­ings; and the rear court­yard fea­tures a large, open fire.

The Mac­neils’ prop­erty is one of eight Te Puke gar­dens on the fes­ti­val trail, and Te Puke tal­ent will ex­tend to the art scene too. Tick­ets for the Novem­ber 15-18 fes­ti­val trail can be bought via www.gar­de­nan­dart­fes­ti­val.co.nz or Ticketek, and at Te Puke Florist.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Marc An­der­son says 71 gar­dens through­out the Western Bay and the work of 100 artists are set to wow those tak­ing to the fes­ti­val trails. There will be ram­bling ru­ral gar­dens, small plots (and plenty in between), fes­ti­val favourites, new­com­ers . . . a whole mix of de­lights.

Fur­ther cre­ativ­ity, un­der a Bloom in the Bay ban­ner, will be on of­fer at the fes­ti­val hub at Tau­ranga’s His­toric Vil­lage.

The site will be a place where ev­ery­one — in­clud­ing fam­i­lies with young chil­dren — can en­joy key­note speak­ers, ex­hi­bi­tions, en­ter­tain­ment (in­clud­ing live mu­sic), tasty food and bev­er­ages, work­shops, dis­plays and con­cept gar­dens. It will be open for all ages and 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 more in­for­ma­tion visit www.gar­de­nan­dart­fes­ti­val.co.nz. Bay­leys Real Es­tate is the fes­ti­val’s plat­inum spon­sor and prin­ci­pal event part­ner.

Ju­dith Macneil in her and hus­band War­ren’s Te Puke gar­den, which is part of the 2018 BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val.

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