To all our wonderful artists and supporters of Art in a Garden,

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support of Art in a Garden over the years. Without your commitment to the event I would find it near impossible to continue the dream set out by our founders Alison Meyer and Penny Zino back in 2004.

I’m also writing to let you know we’re taking a year off in 2019 from running Art in a Garden. We’d like to take this time to reflect on what we have achieved so far, and make plans for the future, including deciding on a possible new location and date for the event. Flaxmere has served us incredibly well and we’re keen to explore new opportunities within North Canterbury.

We won’t be resting on our laurels, however. We hope to have an Art in a Garden pop-up shop later in November, and are continuing with Sculpture. North Canterbury, the spring exhibition at Pegasus Bay, opening in late October. Follow Sculpture. North Canterbury on Instagram and take a look at photos from last year’s exhibition here.

We’ll be in touch closer to the time with more information about this event including confirmed dates and launch party details. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. The exhibition will be open for several weeks and all the works of art are available for purchase.

Warm regards,
Laura Forbes
Director, Art in a Garden


Tickets will be available online for both events soon.
For corporate and group bookings please contact Laura Forbes

 Art in a Garden 2018 Artists

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Food & Drink

Cafe style food and gourmet picnic lunchboxes are available at the garden cottage all day where you can listen to the music and taste locally grown wines, enjoy a hot coffee or tea and relax with friends. Perhaps you could even have a walk through the garden and come backnto enjoy a traditional ice cream wafer.

“And now the lunch! It was difficult to know what to eat first or leave till last. The sandwiches were lovely and fresh and tasty, the little feta stuffed pepper was a real treat, but the chocolate truffle was the highlight! Can I have another one please” – Maureen, U3A
Pre ordered gourmet Picnic lunchboxes are available for those purchasing tickets online:

The Music

Davey Backyard

Davey Backyard is one of the other personas of Christchurch Musician David Thorpe – AKA Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine, The Harmonica Guy, DG Mitchellthorpe and many more!. He is a veteran performer and until recently spent well over a decade in rollicking Irish combo The Black Velvet Band.

Davey performs fresh interpretations of old classics playing a mix of Blues, Classic Country, Folk, Jazz styles throwing his original material into the mix.

Willie McArthur

A Scot living in Christchurch, Willie has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years. He has performed in the U.K and toured in Europe. Currently, Willie plays as a solo, and in 3 piece powerhouse “The Shameless Few”.

As a one-man band, Willie presents a modern approach to the traditional style with Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Harmonica and vocals all at once, and introducing Low Whistle and Mandolin.

Lou Days

Lou Days is the one half of the duo, funky hot mamas with singer/performer Leigh Wilson.   Lou has been singing for her supper since she was 16 years old… so that’s…. a long time! Experienced in performing all types of musical genres Lou enjoys singing music with a blues/rockabilly feel.


Epic Duo

Epic Duo North Canterbury based 2 piece featuring Kevin Frewer on keys and daughter Celine Graham on vocals. Kevin commenced his music career young, at 15 years old playing at nightclubs around Christchurch and has collaborated with many of Christchurch’s most prominent musicians ever since.

Celine has been singing with him for a year now and they are enjoying performing hits from a wide range of artists from the 70’s through to current day.

Fraser Ross

Eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross returned to New Zealand in 2015 after three years of living and touring in Europe and the UK, mostly Scotland. On his return he toured his debut LP, Mongrels (Home Alone Music, 2015) throughout New Zealand, supporting such bands as Phoenix Foundation, French for Rabbits, The Nudge, and Nadia Reid.

His first two EPs, And Birds Do Sing (HAM, 2009) and To Places (HAM, 2012) established him as a serious talent and a brilliant, loud-shirted presence within the New Zealand underground.

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2017 Event

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The Garden at Pegasus Bay Winery

The garden of Pegasus is undulated, with both flat, steep, bare and covered areas. There are coloured gardens, styled on Sissinghurst in England complimented by box hedging and topiaries. Gran’s Garden was established in 2008, plus you will find the Rhododendron Gully, a Chinese/Japanese style bridge leading to a small island, lakes, an olive grove, an amphitheatre and a rare Conifer garden.

Pegasus Bay Winery is run by the Donaldson family who have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and are pioneers of the North Canterbury wine region.

For more info. check out: www.pegasusbay.com

Getting There

You can find this year’s Sculpture. North Canterbury exhibition at 263 Stockgrove Road, Waipara.
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The North Canterbury region

The following links may be interesting for those wishing to stay in the area, or experience some other local activities.





Up until 2016 we have raised funds for two charities, St John, Amuri and the Cancer Society. From 2017 we have been focusing on supporting one charity, St John, Amuri:  Something we consider vital in our rural environment. This event is run by rural people in rural North Canterbury, sharing what we’ve got and collaborating with New Zealand artists, connecting them with you.

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Proud Sponsors

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  • Children’s Ceramic Workshop Sponsor

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