Art in a Garden showcases some of New Zealand’s most talented artists and sculptors in one of New Zealand’s top gardens.

Art in a Garden 2014 runs from October 30th through to November 2nd, so mark these dates in your calendar, or sign up for email updates to be reminded closer to the time.

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Tickets are available online, or at the gate (cash only). We look forward to seeing you there!

"All of the members were still talking about the visit weeks later, the gardens, the art and the sculptures which were so beautifully placed in the magnificent surroundings."

Maureen, U3A

Art in a Garden Celebrates Twelve Years

Considered the best indoor outdoor exhibition of its kind in the South Island, the garden provides an elegant setting for established and emerging artists to display and sell their work.  Sculptures sit with pride amidst trees, lawns, ponds and rose gardens while paintings, glassware, jewellery and pottery are exhibited in the restored farm barn gallery.

Live music filters through the gardens creating an unhurried air and a stream side café serves picnic lunches with wine and coffee.

Art classes for children are available and there is an art quest to amuse them whilst you wander the gardens.

Art in a Garden is held every spring at Flaxmere near Hawarden, an hour’s drive north from Christchurch. The road north passes through the grape growing district of Waipara before turning inland towards the limestone escarpments of the Weka Pass and the farmlands of the Waikari basin.  From Waikari the road heads west to Hawarden and Flaxmere via the Lake Sumner road. Flaxmere, a garden of National Significance sits on the river bed terraces of the Waitohi River, it has been forty nine years in the making.

"Members at our next meeting were generous with their praise, not only because of the art and superb setting which Flaxmere Garden lends to such an occasion, but commented on your wonderful hospitality. The lunch and facilities were excellent, and the band music completed a memorable day."

John, Probus Club

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