What to expect for the Garden ramble in 2021
Gardens large and small, with some old favourites and new offerings – there is plenty to see again this year! With 17 gardens on the menu, there is plenty to see over the two days.
As with last year, the kindy volunteers will not be providing refreshments at any of the gardens – but one garden owner is taking advance orders for a hamper to be ready for you when you visit their garden (details in the ticket!), and of course there is a variety of wonderful local eateries to choose from. Additionally, many of the gardens also have the space and are happy for you to spread a blanket and have your own picnic.
Four of the gardens will be open for night viewing; each with their own unique characteristics. Our principal garden selector also considers a garden as much more than plants and this has guided his choices for this year.
Animals feature as “additions” in some of the gardens, whether alive, as art or in one case a very realistic crocodile head! You’ll have a chance to look and discuss with the owners how they have tackled difficult conditions – whether it be soil, wind exposure, how to fix something around a tank, or even how to get a nice tight clothesline!
Of course this year Covid has played a large part in our preparations to the extent of whether we would even be able to hold the event. We are going ahead, acknowledging that a strategic decision was made that all gardens will be in the Northland area. Luckily – and as Ramblers you must appreciate – that all garden owners (apart from the “Auckland” located gardens) were willing to proceed. We ask that you understand this and please follow the guidelines outlined in the ticket.
We look forward to bringing you a wonderful weekend of rambling!