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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!
A range of other accommodation is available nearby.
|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
Dinner - Own arrangements
Please note: While New Plymouth is well off for good cafes andrestaurants booking is advised
|Thursday 28 October - Day at Pukeiti|
Buses leave for PukeitiEvents at Pukeiti
|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
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.
RHODENZA 2021 GARDENS
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.
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.
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!
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|
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
|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
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.
Registrar: Diane Jordan