Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival 2020

Every year our Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival (TFGF) garden members prepare and open up their beautiful gardens to excite and enchant their many visitors from Taranaki, New Zealand and around the world. Cottage gardens, native gardens, highly structured or rambling and informal, whatever your taste in gardens there is something for everyone. The Taranaki Garden Trust (TGT) also encourages the visitors to explore our home studio’s in the gardens and the many other places of interest along the Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival trail thus creating a truly Taranaki Experience as they travel the region. This is a truly unique spring experience, that has visitors inspired and motivated to take their own gardening skills to the next level, not just a show, this festival is a 10 day adventure into outstanding gardens throughout the region.

Among the 45+ gardens and places of interest for visitors to see there new private gardens, some stunning gardens returning after a break and four public gardens entered. The new entries are spread around the region in South Taranaki, Stratford, Waitara and Lepperton. It is good to have fresh gardens and ideas for the regular festival visitors but they also like to revisit gardens they have seen in past years to see what changes have been made and how the plants have grown.

Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival 2021

Garden entries for next year’s festival close on 27 November 2020. If you are interested in being part of the Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival in 2021 please contact our Chairman: John Lucas – Tel: 06 755 2273 / 027 416 4131 or email taranakigardentrust@gmail.com

Real Gardens for Real People

The TGT have released their new motto “Real Gardens for Real People” which is a statement that explains our ethos and that of what we offer and who we are.

The TFGF offer affordable pricing at $2pp per garden, and practicality as many gardeners attending the TFGF are looking to replicate ideas from our gardens and as the concepts and features displayed are realistically attainable they are able to do this in their own gardens. Thirdly the TFGF thrives on its friendliness and approachability. All our gardeners open their gardens up with a hearty welcome and are happy to talk about their gardens, answer questions and give advice. Some of our festival gardeners also offer a free hot drink and biscuit and invite you to bring your own picnic and blanket to enjoy passing time in their garden.

Important notice to visitors

While the garden owners take every care to make sure you enjoy your visit safely, gardening is an outdoor activity and you enter at your own risk.

There are water features, uneven ground and overhanging trees.

We ask you to assume responsibility for your own safety, the safety of those in your care, especially children, and your possessions.

Please keep to pathways where available.

No dogs are to be brought through the gardens.

Garden Brochures

You can pick up a copy of our brochure from most local iSites and major garden centres. Click on the above brochure to viewing.

Taranaki Driving Times

New Plymouth to Hawera: 55 minutes

New Plymouth to Opunake: 45 minutes

New Plymouth to Waitara: 18 minutes

New Plymouth to Stratford: 30 minutes

New Plymouth to Inglewood: 15 minutes

Stratford to Hawera: 30 minutes

Hawera to Patea: 25 minutes

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We would love to have feedback about the festival gardens. If you have any comments please email us.


Melbourne Flower Show 2017

We had a very successful promotion of the TFGF at the Melbourne International Flower Show (MIFS). Being our third year at the MIFS, we believed the gardeners had been educated in past years on where Taranaki was located in New Zealand and what the TFGF had to offer. This year we were on the map and people definitely had Taranaki and our TFGF on their minds as a destination and a festival to visit, many already knew people who had visited our TFGF, or they themselves had visited. There was a lot of interest from both tour companies, garden clubs and individuals wanting to do self-drive and go on organised tours. We would like to thank Venture Taranaki for helping to sponsor our site at the MFS.