The 33rd Taranaki Garden Festival, presented by TAFT, will launch on July 16, 2020, as planned. The festival team are
confidently preparing the 2020 festival programme, which will take place from 30 October - 8 November 2020, and will
offer visitors something extra this year.
Like previous years, the Taranaki Garden Festival will present an inspiring mixture of award-winning gardens, parks, and
open spaces from around the region. The 2019 festival enjoyed by a sizable attendance of visitors, 61% of those festival
attendees came from outside of the region. With Taranaki becoming known as the garden capital of New Zealand, Festival
Manager Tetsu Garnett is hoping to see more visitors from around country come to enjoy the stunning gardens and
fantastic hospitality that Taranaki is renowned for.
The 33rd festival will see a new partnership with the Taranaki Arts Trail, both festivals opening over the same weekend
and presenting a dual programme.
"Our partnership with Taranaki Arts Trail will be of regional benefit, we see this as an exciting new strategy which
will attract new audiences for both festivals and give the local community, and the NZ domestic traveller a broader
offering and numerous reasons to explore Taranaki." Tetsu Garnett explains.
The Taranaki Arts Trail was established in 2014 and has contributed to growing arts tourism in Taranaki. The vibrant and
dynamic annual event attracts visitors who enjoy the unique opportunity to meet with artists in their studios and
workshops. This year the Arts Trail has 84 artists registered, with close to 30 new artists who have not been part of
the trail in previous years.
Taranaki Arts Trail Co-ordinator, Niki Jenkinson says the partnership between Taranaki Arts Trail 2020 and Taranaki
Garden Festival 2020 enhances the natural affinity between artists and beautiful gardens.
"This is one of the most desirable months on the Taranaki calendar. Being able to say "come to Taranaki for the weekend
and visit over 80 open art studios and 40 gardens" has hefty appeal, and working collaboratively creates more marketing
potential in attracting visitors from outside the region who will not only attend our events but to also support our
regional businesses including accommodation suppliers, restaurants, cafes, and retail." Jenkinson says.
Visitors can expect to enjoy and experience a diverse array of cultural and creative work on display. With both
nationally and internationally recognised artists and gardens throughout the whole Taranaki region, everyone involved is
looking forward to presenting a world-class product for Spring.
"Our gardeners are artists too, in their design and creativity of their garden sanctuaries. They've been spending more
time than usual in the garden, so be prepared to see something special this year." Garnett says proudly.
The dual Taranaki Garden Festival and Taranaki Arts Trail programme will be available after the official launch 16th
July 2020, and from then visitors will be able to purchase garden tickets online or call 0800 746 363.
The Taranaki Arts Trail will run from 30 October - 1 November 2020.
The Taranaki Garden Festival will run from 30 October - 8 November 2020.