Garden festival tickets now on sale

The Amber Garden Centre’s Rob and Jen Clancy (left) and Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival project leader Carey Church with the tickets and festival map now available.

Tickets for the 2019 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival in November have gone on sale today.

Project leader and Rotarian Carey Church said excitement was building for this year’s festival.

The garden festival launched was last year as a prime Rotary Cambridge fundraiser and attracted more than 1000 visitors to 10 gardens. It raised almost $30,000 for three charities – the Rotary Club of Cambridge Charitable Trust, Cambridge Community House, and Victim Support.

Proceeds from the 2019 festival on November 24 will also go to charity.

Of the 11 gardens included this year are two favourites from last year, plus seven new gardens and two new ‘Art in the Garden’ sites which will showcase the work of Carole Hughes and Dot and Barry Harding.

Carey Church said organisers have responded to feedback from last year’s event and included more country gardens in 2019.  There will also be more to buy on the day, and more refreshments available.

Artworks will be available at the two ‘Art in the Garden’ sites, and garden art suppliers will have their products available for purchase at one of the gardens on view.

“People will be able to pre-purchase picnic lunches to take with them as they go around the gardens,” said Ms Church. “The other change we are making this year is that the gardens won’t be open to anyone under 16, but we do have tickets for 16 to 18-year-olds at a reduced rate. Almost all the gardens on display will be wheelchair accessible.”

From August 23, a blog article will go up on the event website, offering details on the gardens and profiling one of the sponsors.

Tickets are available from Amber Garden Centre, Cambridge Jewellers, and online at www.cgf.nz.

Early Bird prices (until September 30) are $30 per person. After that date the price will remain at $30 for seniors but will move to $40 for adults under the age of 65. Tickets for teenagers between 16 and 18 are $10 each and are available only online.

Maps are also available, showing which gardens are on display and offering background information on each one, as well as details on the art displays included this year.

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