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The Taranaki Garden Festival in New Plymouth New Zealand


By dwyllis


Over in this small corner of the world, we have entered our autumnal season … so I thought I would put up some photos taken at the big Taranaki Garden Festival. Taranaki is on the pleasant West Coast of the North Island, about half way up, & is dominated by the big Taranaki volcano (which is still Active). So the soil in the Taranaki Region is very fertile, with ash from centuries of volcanic activity spreading itself over the district. Every year, this beautiful coastal region puts on this very popular garden festival & it is booked out months in advance, as undertaken via bus tours due to the rural location of the majority of the gardens, which are all privately-owned. I hope you enjoy this visual tour, as much as I have enjoyed the actual tour, though have not been for the past two years.

Lockinge is a large privately-owned rural garden sited in a hidden valley of mature trees, mainly NZ native, & surrounding a lake.

Another part of the lovely Lockinge garden.

Mary’s Place is a small inner-city private garden in Taranaki.

Mary’s Place is a lovely small private garden in the heart of the city of Taranaki in New Plymouth.

Another area in Mary’s Place garden.

Mary’s Place garden.

The beautiful private Merleswood gardens in rural Taranaki.

Merleswood gardens Taranaki.

Another part of the large rural garden of Merleswood in Taranaki.

Beautiful Wisteria rambling across the graceful home presiding over Merleswood garden.

Another of the lovely big rural gardens included in the Taranaki Garden Festival … Nikau Grove, planted mainly in NZ native bushland.

A beautiful container with lovely planting in Mary’s Place inner-city garden.

Another lovely area in the big rural privately-owned Nikau Grove garden in Taranaki.

Attractive pond area in the big privately-owned rural Merleswood garden.

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What a wonderful place! Absolutely LOVE Mary's Place, but then the others are so lovely too! If ever there was a good advert to visit a country ..............! Wonderful!

26 Apr, 2012


I agree totally with Nariz. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing I really enjoyed them.

26 Apr, 2012


An amazing garden Dwyllis I felt as if I was walking in the garden with you .

Thankyou for sharing.

26 Apr, 2012


I too love Mary's place! Wonderful set of photos Dwyllis. Many thanks.

26 Apr, 2012


How fantastic - I particularly like the Merleswood garden and the pic with the urn and the purple flowers - I wonder what they are - could they be Heliotrope? and what a beautiful Wisteria - Thanks for sharing - Marigold

26 Apr, 2012


Lovely, and very interesting gardens thanksDwyllis, one thi ng puzzles me is the wisteria, they,ll soon be flowering here, why does it flower in your autumn?

26 Apr, 2012


Stunning place - I love the pictures - really like pic 4 with the bench

26 Apr, 2012


I love these,what a wonderful place to visit..The gardens are beautiful,and I love that it made from Lava ? Thanks for taking us on your tour,Dwyllis...really enjoyed it.:o).

26 Apr, 2012


Pamg .... the Taranaki Garden Festival was held in spring. I put the pics up as not a lot going on in my own garden now, with autumn upon us .... just the odd rose & a nice display of the tall burgundy-leaved lobelia with the red flowers. I haven't been on GoY very often over the summer months, as working a lot of extra duties in preparation for our visit to see sons & their families living in America, in July this year. My own hometown region of Hawkes Bay also has a big annual garden festival, as does the region I now reside in, the Rangitikei/Manawatu district, so will be doing a blog on those shortly, as time allows.

27 Apr, 2012


Marigold .... I think the lovely purple flower is possibly cinneria, but not totally sure about that. We get it in a wide variety of vivid colours, & also in some of the softer tones such as that pretty lilac. I love that urn placed there too. I have a similar terracotta urn myself, which I have had for around 20 years & I bought it over when I moved from England back to NZ in 1998. I have never found the right spot for it .... so something to work upon for next summer!

27 Apr, 2012


So many colours! I wish to live in New Zealand. It must look like a grey film to you when you arrive to the Northern hemisphere, hm?

29 Apr, 2012


Fabulous photo`s, there`s nothing better than visiting gardens, thankyou Dwyllis

6 May, 2012

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