The People Behind The Event

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Luke Elworthy, Andrew Vavasour, Keren Mitchell, Jo McCormick (Event Manager), Jude Hobson, Julia Brown (Marketing & Sponsorship), Sara Neill, Richard Macfarlane, Sally Wadworth, Carolyn Ferraby, Tim Crawford (President).

Absent – Jenny Andrews


Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough means different things to different people. Similarly, our committee and office team bring a variety of interests and backgrounds to the event, but they 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 this special event. This year marks twenty-five years of the festival, and it’s going to be a bumper celebration, Hi Ho Silver!

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. The local transport and accommodation providers who contribute so much to the festival should also be acknowledged. And thanks too 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. Without them Garden Marlborough would not exist. Together all these groups form a community of people who collaborate to ensure a truly unforgettable weekend.

The Committee of Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough, along with our team of volunteers, will do everything possible to ensure festival attendees come away inspired and motivated by all they see and do in our beautiful province.


Garden Marlborough In The Community

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.

Trojan’ donated by sculptor Rupert Till and Garden Marlborough to the people of Marlborough in 2016.

From Our Sponsor

It is an honour and privilege to be the major sponsor of Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough for their 25th anniversary. We love our little corner of the world and being a part of this premium wine region with stunning landscapes and long summers. It is so exciting to be able to showcase what it has to offer. Across the week you will have opportunities to visit many of Marlborough’s best gardens, from compact town plots, to large, breath-taking country estates.

Being the 25th anniversary of this event the line-up this year is sure to impress. There is a fantastic range of workshops this year extending across everything from natural health and skin care to ‘weed cuisine’. There is something to suit everybody so be sure to check out the schedule, book early, and mark out your calendar.

Chris Woods, a leading garden designer from Britain, will be in town sharing his extensive horticultural knowledge and world renowned New Zealand chef Annabel Langbein will be showing us the benefits of your edible garden.

At the Garden Fete we will be serving wines from our award-winning range so while you are here in Marlborough, be sure to come down and say hi. We look forward to seeing everybody here and welcome you all. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Rapaura Springs are this years major sponsor of the Garden Marlborough Festival
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Garden Marlborough Sposored by Rapaura Springs


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Rapaura Springs are this years major sponsor of the Garden Marlborough Festival
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Garden Marlborough Sposored by Rapaura Springs
Garden Marlborough Celebrating 25 Years
Garden Marlborough Sposored by Rapaura Springs
Garden Marlborough Sposored by Rapaura Springs