Save the date call for garden festival

Cambridge Garden Festival project lead, Carey Church (left) and Robyn Crickett, incoming president of Rotary Cambridge, in one of the gardens included in the 2019 festival line-up.

Preparations for this year’s Cambridge Garden Festival are well underway despite the winter chill, with the 2019 charitable event set down for Sunday, November 24.

Twelve gardens will be on show this time around, with two of them coming on board for the first time as ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibitors.

The festival launched in 2018 as a major Rotary Cambridge fundraiser.  Last November’s inaugural event saw over 1000 people visit 10 gardens and raise around $30,000 for three charities – the Rotary Club of Cambridge Charitable Trust, Cambridge Community House, and Victim Support.

Project leader and Rotarian, Carey Church, said proceeds from this year’s festival will also go to charity, while several minor tweaks to other aspects of the event are being made in response to feedback from last year’s visitors.

“We are planning to have refreshments available at four or more gardens this year, and there will be lots of plants for sale,” she said. “In addition, two ‘Art in the Garden’ gardens will have art for sale, and most of the properties will be wheelchair accessible.”

Carey said new sponsors who had expressed an interest in coming on board would join some of last year’s sponsors returning to the festival in 2019.

The November 24 event will run from 9am to 4.30pm. Tickets will go on sale from August 16 from Cambridge Jewellers, Amber Garden Centre and online at www.cgf.nz. Special Early Bird sales will run until September 30.

More information will be available nearer the time.

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