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Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular – day 4

A wet Sunday was a tad discouraging but we have to accept that a spring time event may well have a rainy day – and be grateful if it is only one day. Today dawned fine again and a pleasant sunny day made for a much pleasanter garden visiting experience. We started with a whoosh and a bang with the first coach arriving before we even opened. They had not long been welcomed and set on their path around the garden when the second coach arrived. And the third. The challenge for us is always parking coaches because we have to get them off the road.

The weather forecast is good so we hope for a busy week. We are open from 8.30am until 5.00pm daily. Admission to the garden during Festival is $12.00 or 3 x Festival tickets. Garden entry includes tea and coffee at this time. We are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm each day. Plant sales continue until Sunday, the final day of our festival.

589 Otaraoa Road, RD 43, Waitara 4383, New Zealand
Email: jury@jury.co.nz | Tel & Fax: +64 6 754 6671

Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular- day 2


Day 2 of our annual festival has passed. For us the highlight was having Guitarra playing in the garden – a wonderful blend of classical guitar with Spanish and South American influences. The gentle melodies wafting through the upper garden was a delight for garden visitors. At the time we had the Galston Garden Group from Australia visiting. I suspect there were a few ring-ins with them – can’t think that the Galston group has a catchment from Sydney to Perth.

Our Lloyd, the keeper of the carpark and manager of parking at peak times, kept the coach driver entertained.

The dogs had a busy day. Spike was an attentive participant in the conversation of one group of visitors.

Zephyr was more interested in joining another, well organised group for their luncheon in the carpark.

If you are in the area, admission to the garden during Festival is $12.00 or 3 x Festival tickets. Garden entry includes tea and coffee at this time. We are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm each day.

589 Otaraoa Road, RD 43, Waitara 4383, New Zealand
Email: jury@jury.co.nz | Tel & Fax: +64 6 754 6671

Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular

blooms

It’s festival time – the 25th anniversary of what is now known as the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular (formerly the Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival or variants on the same name). This is the single most important time on our garden visitor calendar. Please join us. The garden is looking its very best. Tomorrow (Saturday) we have Guitarra playing in the garden at 1.00pm. Don’t miss the beautiful blend of Spanish classical guitar with strong South American influences.

Tikorangi garden visitors October 2012

Admission to the garden during Festival is $12.00 or 3 x Festival tickets. Garden entry includes tea and coffee at this time. We are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm each day.

589 Otaraoa Road, RD 43, Waitara 4383, New Zealand
Email: jury@jury.co.nz | Tel & Fax: +64 6 754 6671

Tikorangi Notes: Friday 21 October, 2011

There is nothing subtle about the orange clivias at this time of the year

There is nothing subtle about the orange clivias at this time of the year

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Just another seedling of Mark's - R. metternichii x Susan

Just another seedling of Mark's - R. metternichii x Susan

Tikorangi Notes: Friday October 21, 2011

With just a week until our annual garden festival, now styled the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular (but formerly the Rhododendron and Garden Festival), it is a time of high pressure here as we primp and preen the garden in preparation for the 10 days that delivers up two thirds of our visitor numbers in one hit. It is all about leaf rakes, trimming, clipping, edges and the like – what we call garden grooming. While we work to maintain standards all year with regard to weeding, mulching, feeding and general maintenance, this is presentation with sharp edges.

The flowering this year is a week to maybe 10 days later than normal, but as we garden for year round interest, it does not matter if the usual candidates have not yet bloomed. There will always be something else in flower. The clivias are looking very showy. There is nothing subtle about the strident orange and red hybrids but they certainly light up darker areas and they are a tolerant and forgiving garden plant for relatively frost-free conditions. As the magnolias finish their season, the rhododendrons are coming into their own. We would not be without them for the spring display. Besides named cultivars, both hybrids and species, we have a fair number of hybrids from Mark’s breeding programme. The average to poor cultivars get discarded, but there are many which are good garden plants, even if they are not sufficiently sensational to name.