Hubby and I visited a few of the proper Festival gardens this weekend since we found quite a few with free admission, for a change. Most of them were in the festival for the first time this year.
We don't usually attend the 'proper' Taranaki Rhododendron Festival [that will be open for it's 23rd year this spring] mainly because one of it's biggest participants (who happens to be a writer in the garden section of one of the region's newspapers) was very condescending in an article about the fringe festival last year.
We fully support the Taranaki Fringe Festival [that will be open for it's 6th year this spring] because most of it's participants open their gardens simply for the love of sharing.
These photos are from a huge magnolia and catcus garden. The magnolias weren't very bloomy, but the catci were.
We enjoyed this garden because there was so many clever uses of the trees that were cut down.