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,

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.


One garden withdrawn

Garden number G7

Unfortunately this garden has had to be withdrawn from this year’s Rotorua Festival of Gardens due to unforeseen circumstances.

Our apologies for any inconvenience – hopefully it will be back in next time.

Stu is a landscape gardener and has planted his own garden with broad strokes of interesting planting, stunning lawns, huge rock walls and plinths to hold a large pergola. Less is best. There is an enormous enclosed vegetable garden, hen house and a wonderful Lake Rotorua view from the front of the house.


Welcome to Rotorua Festival of Gardens 2015


Over 45 gardens will be open over the 3 days – Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November 2015

The Rotorua Festival Gardens is held every 2 years.  This year we have many new gardens as well as some of the old favourites.

Self-guided garden ramble

The Rotorua Festival of Gardens is a self-guided garden ramble where you can choose which of the gardens to visit at any time over the 3 days.  When purchasing a ticket you will receive a booklet listing all the gardens and detailed maps to help you find them.  Many of the gardens will also have items for sale – plants, food, artworks (on a cash only basis).

Variety of gardens to enjoy

Gardens vary in size from small city gardens to large rambling country gardens.  Some are a labour of love for their dedicated owners, and others are professionally designed and maintained to perfection.  All show what can be achieved and provide ideas and inspiration for others to enjoy.

Ticket sales

Tickets are  $30 for a 3 day pass (plus $2.50 p&p for mail orders) and children under 14 are free.  For more details on ticketing visit 

Supporting BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

Our gardeners all generously donate their time and efforts to help raise funds in support of the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter.