Garden festival returns refreshed and renamed for 2022

A new naming partner, return of the landscape design project, five new gardens and a whirlwind of events – all these can be found in the Centuria Taranaki Garden Festival programme released on July 14. The annual festival, presented by TAFT, is on from October 28 to November 6 this year. It includes 43 gardens […]

New naming partnership for garden festival

The Taranaki Garden Festival has a new naming partner with grassroots in the region. For the next two years, the TAFT-run spring event will be known as the Centuria Taranaki Garden Festival. Centuria NZ is an established property funds manager which has been operating in New Zealand for nearly 30 years and is formerly known […]

Cultural vibrancy and why arts matter here in Taranaki

Rebecca Johnson (TAFT Marketing Communications Manager) talked to Bryan Vickery about the importance of cultural vibrancy and how lucky and privileged Taranaki is to have the key ingredients (infrastructure, sponsors, supportive councils, creative visionary people…. the list goes on) that ensure that culture and events flourish in our province. TAFT has presented over 60 festivals […]

Garden festival garners glowing reviews, $3.1m in GDP from green-fingered visitors

On any outing during the 2021  Taranaki Garden Festival, socially distanced visitors turn to origin conversations – where are you from? “Okaiawa,” says a couple wandering through Boxwood garden at Ōpunake. “We’re from Ngaere, originally,” say three sisters soaking in the beauty of Pukeiti. “New Plymouth,” says a group of women wowing over the wonders […]

Arts Trail and Garden Festival to combine again in 2021

The Taranaki Garden Festival and Taranaki Arts Trail will combine again next year, after this year’s joint events proved to be a roaring success. Normally the arts trail is held in June but due to Covid-19 it had to be postponed, which led to the collaboration with the garden festival. Taranaki Arts Trail chairwoman Heidi […]