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Blooming good line up at garden festival

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Green fingers can look forward to a weekend of festivities to showcase the abundant gardening region of Marlborough.

The annual event Garden Marlborough is touted as the best festival of its kind in New Zealand and will take place from November 6 to 9.

Nominations are being taken for the much anticipated Best Garden Awards, sponsored by Bayleys, in a bid to seek out some of the regions most promising horticulturalists.

Bayleys Marlborough directors Glenn Dick and Andy Poswillo say the awards are an opportunity to showcase the byproduct of fertile local land and a passionate community of gardeners.

“We want to recognise the time, care and elbow grease that goes into these gardens. Our nominees take painstaking pride in their patch and that is clear to see across all of the stunning entries year after year,” Mr Poswillo says.

The winners will be announced on Sunday November 9, the final day of the festival.

A dedicated committee of volunteers has put together a packed four day schedule featuring a series of garden tours where visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the gates of some breath taking gardens never before opened to the public.

The full and half day tours encompass a selection of gardens to suit all tastes, from compact designer plots to expansive country estates.

Internationally renowned gardening experts and chefs will be on hand to chat and share their tips and techniques at a variety of workshops over the course of the weekend.

Leading Australian landscape designer Michael McCoy is scheduled to give two lectures and popular New Zealand food personality Julie Biuso will host a dinner and cooking demonstration on November 7.


Top New Zealand chef and owner of Riverstone Kitchen, Bevan Smith, is hosting a workshop that will take participants on a journey around a number of local gardens, orchards and vegetable patches. Participants will enjoy morning tea and a lunch prepared by Bevan using some of the ingredients collected throughout the tour.

The family friendly event will also feature fun for the kids with Bayleys Marlborough running a colouring competition complete with prizes for the best entries. The artworks will be on display at the Bayleys tent on Sunday November 9.

“We know from past years that this event is hugely popular with local families and so we want to make sure the youngsters have the opportunity to get involved as well,” Mr Poswillo says.

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To make a nomination for the Bayleys Best Garden Awards call (03) 578 7700 or drop in to the Bayleys office 33 Seymour St in Blenheim.

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