Programme full of garden delights

21:15, Jul 30 2014
HOT OFF THE PRESS: Garden Marlborough events co-ordinator Debbie Carter, left, Blenheim Print printer Steve Simmonds, and Garden Marlborough marketing and sponsorship manager Julia Brown with the event programme.

The programme for this year's Nelmac Garden Marlborough festival is rolling off the presses and organisers are promising an exciting schedule of new gardens, tours and workshops alongside the traditional popular events.

This year's theme is Taste the Good Life, which president Jeremy Jones said encapsulated what it was about Nelmac Garden Marlborough that kept bringing people back year after year.

"It's the winning formula so to speak. In talking to ticketholders the reason is quite simple. They come here with friends and family to enjoy the very best of what Marlborough has to offer all packaged up in one weekend- the best gardens, the best food, the best climate, the best wine . . . it really is a taste of the good life."

The November event's 9000 programmes rolled off the presses at Blenheim Print in Springlands yesterday, with printer Steve Simmonds saying it was nice to have a longer run.

Garden Marlborough programmes will be mailed to 4000 "Friends of Garden Marlborough" and distributed nationwide, in nurseries, garden centres and businesses.

Tickets go on sale on Friday.


Nelmac Garden Marlborough, described as New Zealand's premier garden festival, runs from November 6-9.

A spring-time celebration of Marlborough's stunning landscape, it showcases the very best the region has to offer with a series of garden tours, garden themed workshops and social events.

Event organisers said seven new gardens would open their garden gates to the public for the first time this year, and will be clearly marked within the pages of the event programme and on the event website by a garden fork and trowel symbol.

The two new garden tours on offer this year, Along Spring Creek and Across the Plains, would include a mix of familiar gardens and new properties who have joined the event for the first time this year.

This year's workshop programme would be led by renowned Australian landscape designer and botanist Michael McCoy, who would host two seminars, Digging Deeper and A Question of Balance in particular sharing his expertise in dry gardening.

Horticultural specialist and self-confessed plantaholic Lynda Hallinan and John Penny of Thirkettle Nurseries, presenting Fruit Production for Health and Pleasure will join professional chef Bevan Smith of Riverstone Kitchen fame, Auckland-based food writer Julie Biuso and others to round off a workshop programme to delight novices and green-thumbed experts alike.

The renowned Garden Party at Lake Timara Lodge, where guests can mingle with like-minded gardeners, friends and guest presenters, would be held on the Saturday night and the festival would culminate with its biggest event, the Stihl Shop Garden Fete, on Sunday 9 November.

The Marlborough Express