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19:52, Jan 12 2014
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Tupare's annual Garden Fair

A stroll in the park is Cynthia Cunningham's idea of a Saturday afternoon well spent.

The Hawera resident, along with daughter Clare and grand-daughter Alice, were among the 1500 people tovisit New Plymouth's Tupare for its annual Garden Fair on Saturday

There was also live music, a host of stalls and activities to keep guests entertained.

Mrs Cunningham decided to attend the Garden Fair after seeing an advertisement for it and was thrilled.

"It's my first time to this event but we used to come to Tupare many many years ago," she said.

She said the flowers were "absolutely exquisite" and the hydrangeas were "quite marvellous".

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Volunteer group Stitches for Britches, was also out selling fabric as they raise funds for their March trip to Nepal to set up a sewing workshop, equipping Nepalese women with sewing skills.

Its founder Robin Drake, of Inglewood, said visitors had shown a strong interest in the project and have made donations towards it.

Mrs Drake said funds raised from Saturday was enough to buy "another sewing machine and a few more dressmaking scissors".

They will also be at the Tupare Waitangi Day Fair on February 6 and at the Hollard Gardens Harvest Festival on March 10.

Taranaki Regional Council regional gardens events facilitator Clare Mewse was pleased with the successful day.

"It's a wonderful family fun day for everybody," Ms Mewse said.

"Numbers have grown since last year and there's a large selection of food and artists, which is great."

Taranaki Daily News