About Us

The first festival Rotorua Festival of Gardens (RFoG) held was in 1993 and has been held every second year since. RFoG provides a chance for garden lovers and others to enjoy beautiful  gardens while also enjoying the wonderful sights and features that make Rotorua a prime tourist destination.​​

Each year the Gardeners offer their properties at no charge. This means that a portion the money you spend to purchase your tickets is donated to a Rotorua charity.

Who we are

RFoG gardeners who share their gardens with are the core of the Festivals success. Without their support the Festival would not be possible.

Like the gardeners, the committee are passionate about gardening and look forward to creating a Festival that inspires others,

Event Information

Gardens open from 9am to 5pm

Some gardens will feature plants for sale and entertainment

Friday November 12th - Cooking Demonstration by Mons Flavours

Pre-book online (limited spaces available)

Saturday November 13th - Garden-Themed Market from 9am-2.30pm

Refreshments Available at Festival Hub

Te Runanga Tearooms, Queen's Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua

Tickets will be available in late June. Please check back soon.

RFoG Years

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Dandelion Fields


Incorrigible, brash,

They brighten the cinder path of my childhood

Unsubtle, the opposite of primroses,

But, unlike primroses, capable

of growing anywhere railway track, pierhead

Like our extrovert friends who never.

Make us fall in love, yet fill

The primroseless roseless gaps.

Louis MacNeice (1907-1963)


Storing Parsley


Instead of sticking them in a glass of water, wrap them loosely in a damp paper towel. Store the bundle in an airtight container or resealable bag in your crisper drawer. The paper towel keeps the herbs just moist enough so they don't dry out, and the container or resealable bag keeps oxygen out.