76th  Annual Conference OF THE
New Zealand Rhododendron Association Inc

 26 - 29 October, 2021


Hosted by the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust, the Taranaki Regional Council and
the Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden Group.



We invite you to Taranaki to share our wonderful gardens at Rhodenza Taranaki 2021. It is ten years since NZRA met here and
we have new private gardens to show you as well as the old favourites. We will be visiting the very best gardens in the province.
On the first day we travel south to look at South Taranaki gardens and the programme ensures that everyone enjoys a drive around Taranaki Maunga.

This year we will spend a whole day at Pukeiti which has had major changes since 2011. A full programme of talks and walks has been arranged.
We encourage you to take this opportunity to extend your visit to Taranaki and take in the ten-day Taranaki Garden Festival which starts on Friday 29 October, the last day of Rhodenza 2021.

It looks like a great flowering season for rhododendrons as the ‘bud set’ is excellent. We do experience weather suitable for growing magnificent rhododendrons, which also means being prepared with good wet weathergear. We look forward to seeing you.
Lynn Bublitz - Chairman
Andrew Brooker - Convenor
Karl Rossiter; Diane Jordan; David Harrop

Airport transport. If you are flying into New Plymouth, please include your arrival time on your registration form. We will endeavour to meet all flights on Tuesday 26 October.

Bloom display. Please bring entries for the bloom display. Vases and cards will be available at the Devon Hotel from 1 pm on Tuesday 26 October.

Auction at the Rhodenza dinner. A number of special plants will be on offer. We would be most grateful for donations of suitable plants.

PLEASE NOTE. Registrations are limited to the first 150 people. Get in early!


Rhodenza Taranaki 2021 will be based at the Devon Hotel and Conference Centre, New Plymouth and all buses will leave from there.
Coaches will depart from the Holiday Inn each morning.

390 Devon Street East
New Plymouth 4312
New Zealand
0800 843 338


A special rate of $169 per room hasbeen arranged at the Devon Hotel.
Please book now and use the promo code ‘Rhodenza’ when booking online.

A range of other accommodation is available nearby.


Programme Summary

Tuesday 26 October
If you arrive early take the chance to visit other New Plymouth gardens:
Tupare, Taranaki Regional Council, Mangorei Road
Te Henui Cemetery, Hobson and Lemon Streets
The Bublitz Garden, 27 Durham Avenue - open today for Rhodenza
Kowhai Garden - Neil and Linda Tapsell’s garden, 92 Ridgewood Drive – open today for Rhodenza.
1.00pm   Bloom display set up
Organised by the Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden Group
3.00 pm Registration opens at the Devon Hotel
Please collect your Rhodenza bag and plant
6.00pm  Rhodenza Opening
Drinks and nibbles at the Devon Hotel - Sponsored by Big Jims Garden Centre

Sue Davies, NZRA President; Lynn Bublitz, Chairman, Rhodenza Taranaki 2021

Welcome and Introduction to Taranaki – Speaker: David MacLeod, Chairman Taranaki Regional Council

Please note: A meal is available at the Devon Hotel Marbles buffet at your own cost, please book through the hotel
Wednesday 27 October
9.00 am  South Taranaki gardens
 Buses leave for South Taranaki - Lunch at Hollard Gardens
4.30 pm Return to Devon Hotel
Free evening
Dinner - Own arrangements
Please note: While New Plymouth is well off for good cafes andrestaurants booking is advised
Thursday 28 October - Day at Pukeiti
9.00 am

Buses leave for Pukeiti

Events at Pukeiti
  • Talk: David Millais, UK plant hunter, conservationist and nurseryman: Conserving rhododendron species and hybrids
  • Talk: Steve Hootman, Species Foundation USA: Experiences shared – Collecting rhododendrons in the wild
  • Talk: Pukeiti, past, present and future, highlighting conservation
  • The Vireya collection and the Lodge borders
  •  Walking the tracks - mobility vehicle available
  • New Zealand Rhododendron Association – AGM
There will be a chance to walk through Brooklands and Pukekura Parks on the way back to the Devon Hotel
6.30 pm Rhodenza dinner and auction at the Devon Hotel
Friday 29 October – North Taranaki Gardens
9.00 am  Buses leave for North Taranaki gardens
Parking space in and around these gardens is very limited - we ask that you use the Rhodenza buses
1.15 pm  Lunch and Rhodenza closing at the Devon Hotel
After lunch why not take time to visit :
Big Jims Garden Centre on Devon Road,Brixton and Palmers Garden Centre,New Plymouth?
They have both been generous sponsorsof Rhodenza Taranaki 2021.



Wednesday 27 October
Cairnhill Garden
June and Colin Lees - Toko
The well planted driveway introduces this mature country garden. June and Colin have developed it over the last 54 years and they are still trying something new. Their dedication has led to a profusion of colour at every turn. A series of garden rooms highlight special plants with a range of edging plants defining the layered borders which include shrubs and over-arching small trees.
Puketarata Garden
 Jennifer and Ken Horner - Hawera
Spectacular views are a feature of this sophisticated hilltop property. Each area is carefully planned, with the plants well chosen and sited. Thespacious garden merges seamlessly with its planted hillside and the nativebush. The house is well integrated into the garden and a parterre andunusual sculptures add interest.
Hollard Gardens
Taranaki Regional Council
Established by Bernie Hollard in 1927 this 4˝ha garden features an immense international range of plants as well as many rare and unusual natives. Even the most experienced gardener can discover something new here. Bernie raised one of New Zealand’s most successful rhododendrons; look out for the early flowering red, R. ‘Kaponga’.
John and Jenny Pease - Hawera
Gravetye is different! This dramatic garden has been carefully designed by the owners over the last 15 years and they have adapted ideas from their travels into a New Zealand setting. Wide avenues edged by clipped hedges radiate from the house and feature different plantings with unusual geometric features and sculptures which focus the eye. This garden will get you talking!
Oakley Garden
Jenny and Guy Oakley - Manaia
If ever there was a garden stalwart, Jenny is it. Supported by Guy, she has opened her garden for the Taranaki Garden Festival since its inception in 1987. Mature trees give this large family garden protection from the salt laden southerly winds and allow it to thrive. The spectacular Xeronema, thePoor Knights Lily, was one of their favourite plants from the early days. Other features include brick walls and pillars, cottage style plantings, early flowering roses, vegetable potager and Jenny’s iconic hanging baskets
Thursday 28 October
Taranaki Regional Council
An NZGT ‘Garden of National Significance’. Long the Mecca of rhododendron lovers in New Zealand, Pukeiti is the jewel in the crown of Taranaki gardens.Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust has a partnership with the Taranaki Regional Council which now owns the garden.
The extensive property is now seventy years old and includes a well-established, mature garden. Enjoy more than 10,000 rhododendrons and azaleas in a unique setting of the rain forest and mountain streams. For many the ‘bush’ is the main attraction. Drifts of primulas, hostas, bluebells and the world renowned vireya collection complete the magic that is Pukeiti.
Friday 29 October  
Tawa-Glen Nursery
 Ian and Wendy Swan - Brixton
If you think rhododendrons are going out of fashion you should talk to Ian and Wendy. Their thriving, immaculately cared for nursery produces a range of rhododendrons and other plants for independent garden centres and they sell all they can produce. The nursery is strictly wholesale but
plants can be bought at the nearby Big Jims Garden Centre.
Vince and Ann Naus
 Bell Block
Ann and Vince both have a great love of plants. This shows in their award-winning Big Jims Garden Centre, and also in their own extensive garden which we will visit. Planting ranges from a formal Long Walk with
its herbaceous borders to a cottage garden around the house and an interesting, wilder native area beside the Mangaoraka Stream.
Tikorangi The Jury Garden
Abbie and Mark Jury - Tikorangi
The unique rimu avenue dating back 150 years sets the standard for this historic garden. Mark and Abbie took over from Mark’s father, Felix in the 1980s and the garden continues to develop. The dramatic Summer Gardenopened in 2020 and the Wild North Garden will be open this year. Mark andAbbie believe a garden should be sustainable, environmentally sound an aesthetically pleasing and they have achieved this to a remarkable degree. It will not be possible to see all the garden in the time available, so do plan a
return visit during the Festival.


Your registration form can be downloaded (click here) or register online (click here) . Please remember to take a copy for your own records.

The registration fee covers Opening function, all lunches, morning and afternoon teas and Conference Dinner.

Dietary requirements - If you have special dietary requirements please ensure they are fully spelled out on the registration form.

Accommodation - You are urged to make your accommodation booking as soon as you can.


Click here for the online Conference Registration Form

Enquiries to:

Convenor:  Andrew Brooker Ph. 021 02644060
email: Andrew.brooker@trc.govt.nz

 Registrar:   Diane Jordan
email:         jordy@primowireless.co.nz