Each year, there are two garden festivals that take place on the first two weekends in October and the week in between. During those 9 days, you can visit the gardens that are associated with the festivals and enjoy the wonderful spring blossoms.
About 10 years ago, the original festival, apparently, decided that some gardens weren't good enough and rejected their entries. Two of these rejected gardeners decided to start their own festival and that's how the Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival was born.
We think the Fringe Festival seems to embody the original reason for the festival--the gardens--while the original one seems to be more interested in making money. So, we patronize the Fringe Festival each year and this year we found some amazing places!
Consider yourself warned--many more flower shots will follow :)