Event continues to gather support

The Garden Marlborough committee was established with the aim to share the region's gardens with the rest of New Zealand.

Founding committee member Keren Mitchell says that 19 years on that aim is unchanged and Hunter's Garden Marlborough continues to flourish on the region's events calendar.

Mrs Mitchell was on the organising committee for 10 years and has not missed a year since that first event in 1993.

The army of volunteers, energy and passion of committee members, organisers and gardeners, and support from sponsors and the district council had been paramount to the continued success of the show, she said.

"So many people have been involved over the years, it's just absolutely fantastic how everybody got on board with our idea to share our beautiful gardens with the rest of the country."

The event has evolved, with an changing programme of lectures, workshops and home and garden shows to keep garden lovers enthused.

But their efforts to involve the community with competitions for best commercial and residential gardens, best street and children's competitions are what have made the event a household name in Marlborough, she said.

"We decided very early on the community should be involved and be part of the scene and the excitement of the weekend."

The Marlborough Express