The committee for the Rotorua Festival of Gardens is SO pleased with the results of our efforts for the 2017 Festival. We had so many lovely comments from the participating gardeners & the visitors. A wonderful cross section of people attended with a strong showing of local visitors as well as some great attendance from out of town. It was quite a challenge for some of the buses to get parking.
St Johns Ambulance were very kind in hosting an afternoon tea for the committee & our participating gardeners in early March 2018, to facilitate the presentation of the donations to our selected charities for 2017. The St Johns Ambulance & the Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter both received a cheque for $10,000 each. Many, many thanks to the participating gardeners, the ticket buying visitors & the Festival Committee for making it all possible.
The Festival Committee is beginning the planning process again, looking towards the 2019 Festival. One of our first jobs is to find hard-working volunteer committee members with the much needed skills to add to our over-worked team. If you have skills in any of the following -marketing, media, graphic design, computer/digital/IT, project management, event management, advertising -that you are willing to volunteer, please contact our President Joan Pryde.
The peonys are in bloom. And just 2 days now untill d-day.
At this late stage we are no longer able to take ticket bookings by email. Any ticket purchases will need to come through the Rotorua retail outlets: -Palmer’s Garden Centre -Sala Street, McLeods Booksellers -Pukuatua Street, The Living Room Collective -Amohia Street.
We look forward to seeing you there.
We’ve launched into the ‘its happening now’ stage of the Festival. We’ve put up a little prize giveaway of ‘2 free tickets to the Festival’ on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rotoruagardens/ So please visit us there & like, comment & share our page to spread the news.
Its difficult to believe Rotorua can look like this -after SO much rain. But we remind ourselves the rain is what makes New Zealand so green & beautiful. The Festival is coming ever closer -don’t forget to schedule those dates.
The tickets are easily available at a number of outlets around Rotorua.
McLeods Booksellers -Pukuatua Street,
Palmers Garden Centre -Sala Street,
The Living Room Collective -Amohau Street.
We’re going to be running a bit of a promo competition on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rotoruagardens/ -so keep an eye out for that.
We are delighted to announce that the 2017 booklet & guide is completed & now available for sale at all our designated outlets.
A very big thank you to the following business who will be selling tickets to the festival on our behalf:-
Palmers Garden Centre, 147-157 Sala Street, Rotorua
McLeods Booksellers Ltd, 1148 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua City Centre
The Living Room Collective, 1131 Amohia Street, Rotorua
And of course tickets are available on-line at:- email@example.com
We are excited that promotion is under way for a dynamic festival in November. Its been a busy time for our committee members but their efforts are now bearing fruit. And, bear in mind they fit this charitable work into their professional lives. So spare a kind thought for the committee – a flock of ducks serenely sailing along on the surface; but paddling madly underneath to make it all happen!
The Committee is in the midst of sorting and organising the information and photos into the booklet. A big thanks to all advertisers who have supported us with the costs to that.
The next step is to translate it all to the website…
and we dont mean just the humidity. Its not good for gardens or gardeners at this time of year! But the pumpkins are expanding on a daily basis…
The Garden Festival Committee is in serious prep mode for the big event in november. The gardens have been assessed and accepted. We are so pleased to have such a great coss-section of gardens this year -new & old. We are in the midst of organising the booklet and booking advertising to help pay for the print costs of that. If you are interested in supporting the Festival by booking some advertising please contact Joan Pryde -firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all gorgeous gardens
The Festival Committee is currently looking for any & all fabulous gardens that might be available to show in the festival in 2017. We are looking at all manner of gardens –from suburban backyards to extensive lifestyle blocks.
The Rotorua Festival of Gardens is held every two years and has operated for over 20 years. It is organised by volunteers who promote the event, sell the tickets and donate the income to the community. In 2015 we raised $25,000 for the Rescue Helicopter through 45 gardens being open.
It is with this solid background in place that the Committee begins planning for the next Festival with energy and commitment.
-Our next step – we are calling for registrations at present; gardens are considered by the Committee.
-Your next step – register your interest – call our Garden Liaison, Monica on 07 348 0628.
Thank you for your consideration – perhaps you have friends too with equally beautiful gardens – we’d be happy to make contact with them.
Joan -President, Rotorua Festival of Gardens Committee, www.rotoruagardens.org.nz
A very big thank you to all members and interested parties who sacrificed a Sunday afternoon and attended our AGM on the 21st August. It was a nice turn-out. Things went smoothly as usual. Paul Shaw presided over his last meeting with Carol Shaw acting as secretary also at her last meeting. We cannot thank them both enough for their very generous support, direction & huge amounts of time & energy they have dedicated to this project.
Ann Green has also stepped down from the committee. Her time & energy on the committee, organising & producing the guide book has been very much appreciated.
We wish Paul, Carol & Ann all the best for the future.
The new president of the committee is Joan Pryde. The other remaining committee members are –Phil Painter, John Rainbow, Monica Chandler, Robyn McMillan.
We welcome our new committee members – Helen Wilson, Jude Livingston, Pete Livingston.
We have also had notice that Sue Piper has also resigned from the committee.
Phil Painter delivered the financial report & it was very heartening to see how big a step-up the Festival has made in the last 2 years & that there was a substantial increase in the donation to our nominated charity last year.
At our next committee meeting we will allocate the remaining committee roles and discuss the work schedule for the 2017 festival.