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Eight new gardens for popular tour

The 2018 garden tour will take viewers through both traditional and niche gardens. PHOTO/ FILE

Eight new sites have been added to Wairarapa’s ever-popular annual garden tour but there will still be some perennial favourites for the fans.

Pukaha Mt Bruce general manager Emily Court said this year’s tour was all about variety.

“There’ll be something for everyone, with everything from grand estates and country cottage gardens to intensive edibles, sustainable designs and a flower farm.”

The old favourites include Old Tablelands in Martinborough and Te Puhi in Featherston.

Open to the public for the first time will be Tikara Country Gardens.

Perched on the eastern hills behind Carterton, owners Bruce and Mary McCallum, have developed a stunning garden using minimal water.

Court said the garden tour was one of Pukaha’s biggest fundraising events.

“Last year it raised around $40,000 ,which makes a huge difference to our ability to carry out conservation work in the reserve.

“We’re chuffed that the event has become such a great contributor to the region each year too – with hundreds of people traveling from far afield to spend a weekend in the beautiful Wairarapa.”

Court said Pukaha was working with its sponsor, financial advice firm RIVAL Wealth, to offer a post-garden tour event on the Saturday.

Tickets for the November 10-11 event went on sale yesterday.

Earlybird tickets cost $45 and once all are sold, general admission tickets will be available at $55 each.

Earlybird tickets are available online through: wairarapagardentour.co.nz

Tickets can be bought in person at i-Site visitor centres in Masterton and Martinborough, which can also arrange transport and accommodation.

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