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(left to right standing) Alice Taylor, Jude Hobson, Luke Elworthy, Sally Wadworth, Jenny Andrews, Richard Macfarlane, Keren Mitchell, Carolyn Ferraby
(left to right seated) Julia Brown (Marketing & Sponsorship), Tim Crawford (President), Jo McCormick (Event Manager)
Absent: Andrew Vavasour
We hope you’ve enjoyed your first look at the lineup for Bloom in the Boom, Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough 2019. As a committee and office team, it’s a real privilege for us to be involved with this great event. We love what we do and we hope you’ll love visiting us in Marlborough to take part. We bring a variety of interests and backgrounds to the event, but we all share a common belief and purpose: a love and passion for gardening and good living as a way of life, and a pride in planning, promoting and hosting what we’re sure will be an extra-special gathering.
The four-day festival involves a huge range of people who generously give their time to bring together the best event of its kind in New Zealand. Volunteers include tour guides, registration staff, workshop hosts and assistants, fete site staff, refreshment and food providers, and many others. Thanks especially to the many Marlborough garden owners who work tirelessly throughout the year and open their amazing environments for others to share in and be inspired by. Behind Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough is a whole community of people, who come together to ensure we bring you a truly unforgettable weekend.
Garden Marlborough (2004) Inc. is a not-for-profit registered charity. Every year, profits raised via the art auction at the Saturday night garden party are channelled back into local community projects to help achieve the organisation’s vision to promote the pleasures and benefits of gardening and to enhance Marlborough’s environment.
Examples over the past twenty-five years include: assisting with the establishment of an edible garden and shade trees in several local schools, the donation of trees and organisation of planting in public spaces, the gifting of outdoor artwork to Wairau Hospital, the development of the garden at Marlborough Hospice and, from 2015, a Garden Marlborough Scholarship to support students studying Horticulture at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
Garden Marlborough 2018 scholarship recipient, Jay McKendrey
It is an honour and privilege to be the naming rights sponsor of Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough for the second year. We love our little corner of the world, and we love being part of this premium wine region with its stunning landscapes and long summers. It is so exciting to be able to showcase what it has to offer.
The event line-up goes from strength to strength and it is impressive that, twenty-six years on, there is always something new to delight our diverse audience.
Exploring healthy plants, healthy soil, and biodiverse gardens is very topical, as we all strive to live with a lighter footprint on the planet. Two highlights of the programme exploring this theme will be The Land Gardeners, Henrietta Courtauld and Bridget Elworthy, who incorporate the latest research into plant and soil health in their cut flowers, composting and garden design practice; and the Two Raw Sisters, who will be putting together some delicious, plant-based menus with fresh, seasonal local produce and sharing their knowledge about food’s power to heal and nourish not only ourselves, but also our environment.
There is a fantastic range of other workshops, covering everything from landscape and hedge design, to medical marijuana and native gardens. Across the week you will have opportunities to visit many of Marlborough’s best gardens, from compact town plots, to large, breathtaking country estates. There really is something to suit everybody so be sure to check out the schedule, book early, and mark out your calendar.
At the Garden Fete we will be serving wines from our award-winning range, so please come down and say hi. We look forward to seeing everybody here and welcome you all. We hope you enjoy your stay.