By Chelsea Boyle

chelsea.boyle@age.co.nz

The weekend’s sold-out Wairarapa garden tour has been labelled a huge success, generating profits in excess of $35,000.

Pukaha Mount Bruce executive officer and garden tour co-coordinator John Gilberthorpe said they had “sold more tickets than they ever had before”.

“It goes towards the conservation at Pukaha Mount Bruce,” he said.

“It is great for all the kiwi and other birds up at Pukaha.

“It is great for the Wairarapa, a lot of the visitors stay over the weekend which is good for the economy.”

Sixteen gardens were on display throughout South Wairarapa, Mr Gilberthorpe said.

He said the gardens that were on display this year were particularly lush and green due to the high rainfall.

The tour, which is in its sixth year, was quite established now, he said.

“People came from all around the country, from Auckland, Cambridge and Hawke’s Bay.

“The feedback has been fantastic.”

Visitors were committed to attending the event regardless of the weather, kitted out with umbrellas and gumboots on the Saturday, he said.

“We are very appreciative of all the garden owners,” Mr Gilberthorpe said.

“We couldn’t do it without them.”

 

Wairarapa Garden Tour, Greytown, Saturday, Doug, Joan and Shannon Gibbs (Carterton) brave the elements at Highfield Garden. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Doug, Joan and Shannon Gibbs (Carterton) brave the elements at Highfield Garden in Greytown. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Wairarapa Garden Tour, Greytown, Saturday, Catherine Gibbs (Whitby) at Grand Illusions garden Greytown. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Catherine Gibbs (Whitby) at Grand Illusions garden Greytown. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Wairarapa Garden Tour, Greytown, Saturday, hanging baskets in Craig Thorburn's Greytown garden PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Wairarapa Garden Tour, Greytown, Saturday, hanging baskets in Craig Thorburn’s Greytown garden PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Wairarapa Garden Tour, Greytown, Saturday, Grand Illusions garden owner Craig Thorburn. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Grand Illusions garden owner Craig Thorburn. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Wairarapa Garden Tour, Greytown, Saturday, Marilyn and John Errington (Martinborough) admire the hanging baskets. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Marilyn and John Errington (Martinborough) admire the hanging baskets. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Wairarapa Garden Tour, Greytown, Saturday, Jacquie Brookman (Featherston) admires the table display. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD

Jacquie Brookman (Featherston) admires the table display. PHOTO/CHRIS KILFORD