last minute tickets

p1030908The 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.



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 -so keep an eye out for that.

At the starters blocks


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:-

getting our ducks lined up…

img_0130We 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!

things are hotting up

img_20170323_120706and 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

calling all gorgeous gardens


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,


IMG_9878A 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.

AGM Alert

P1020986Its been such a warm wet winter -but the gardens are beginning to think its spring. You cant have enough pots with bulbs at this time of year!

The Rotorua Festival of Gardens Committee is starting to rev up in anticipation of the 2017 Festival.  Our first job is the AGM.  We are always in need of good people -whether as a committee member or as a volunteer for some of those endless necessary tasks.

This year we will be at the Rotorua CT Club on Moncur Drive -in the Rimu Room.

Sunday 21st August 2016 for a 2.30pm start.

We will have the essential cup of tea or coffee ready -with some nibbles, so if at all possible please RSVP in advance to give the caterers an idea of numbers :- Carol at ‘

We look forward to seeing you there.