Art in a Garden

Art in a Garden is the largest annual art exhibition held in the South Island. Our aim is to share this awe-inspiring platform with approximately 100 artists every year from all around New Zealand exhibiting their work of all mediums. We want to provide an inspiring and engaging creative experience in the heart of rural North Canterbury.

Art in a Garden foster's creativity for artists producing large scale installations, paintings, prints, ceramics, glass and jewellery. It is a must see exhibition, a must do event, in a garden like no other.

Flaxmere Garden, is a garden of National Significance in the quiet country town of Hawarden. The New Zealand Gardens Trust has given this garden a 5-star rating, and this provides a guarantee that Flaxmere is one of the best gardens in New Zealand to visit. How can you beat that!?

All of the art is for sale, presented in the beautiful garden and in a specially converted historic farm barn. Visitors are entertained with music, and picnic lunches, tea, coffee, sweet treats and local wine are available at the country cottage café.

Up until 2016 we have raised funds for two charities, St John, Amuri and the Cancer Society. From 2017 onwards we will be 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.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to find out what our artists are pouring their energy into, to keep up to date with what we are up to, and to understand our story. With such a large selection of works for sale, we now continue a presence selling on behalf of our artists year round. We look forward to you joining us to engage and learn more about our artists.

Come and visit us every year, with new and different artists and works exhibited it's a perfect day out to relax and revive. See you there.

Laura Forbes, your Event Manager, Director and Curator.

Art in a Garden Gallery

Flaxmere Garden

Garden of National Significance

Over 51 years ago on a North Canterbury sheep farm, the garden at Flaxmere was established, boldly designed to frame the breath taking mountain vistas and create a sense of tranquility with a series of ponds. Situated near the Southern Alps at an altitude of 300 metres, Flaxmere has developed into a stunning example of a Garden that evolves with the seasons, unforgettably splendid at any time of the year.

Flaxmere has been made a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust which is affiliated to the Royal Institute of Horticulture.

Visitors from around the world have been welcomed for many years, and as this is a perfect natural garden gallery Penny Zino has opened her garden for an annual presentation of artworks by some of New Zealand's finest sculptors and painters.


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