“Highwic launches its new Christmas Garden Festival” November 21-22 HNZ Media Release

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November 4

Highwic launches its new Christmas Garden Festival

Highwic will burst into flower once again this spring – this time combining a floral extravaganza with all the fun of the festive season.

The first-ever Highwic Christmas Garden Festival takes place on the weekend of November 21-22 and builds on Highwic’s Sweet Pea Festivals of previous years.

“The Highwic Christmas Garden Festival will be bigger and even better, with a range of spectacular flowers including chocolate cosmos and six varieties of dianthus in the Heaven Scent range developed by Dr Keith Hammett, along with a variety of seasonal spring plants,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

“We’ll also have a show garden of sweet peas grown around our specially constructed teepees, and Christmas-themed flower beds in festive red and white. The overall experience will be stunning.”

Internationally renowned horticulturist Dr Keith Hammett will lead garden tours at 11am and 2pm on both days, and will also have a range of high quality sweet pea seed available for purchase at the festival.

Inside Highwic itself, the living Garden Festival theme will continue with an exhibition of avant garde exhibition pieces created by designers from Auckland Floral Art.

“These special pieces are designed to last and will inspire viewers to have a go at creating something similar for their own Christmas décor,” says Cheryl.

In addition to a superb seasonal heritage garden experience and some amazing floral artistry, people can enjoy a range of Christmas-themed entertainment – including harpists, a duo singing carols, hand bellringers, as well as two pipers and drummers from the Auckland Grammar School Pipe Band.

And for people wanting to tackle a bit of early Christmas shopping, an amazing range of retro toys, games and other goodies will also be on sale at the Highwic Christmas Shop throughout the Highwic Christmas Garden Festival and right up to Christmas Eve.

Don’t miss the Highwic Christmas Garden Festival, November 21-22. Admission - $10 per person including Heritage New Zealand members; children free. Highwic and the Christmas shop will be open seven days a week from October 12.

For more information, including entertainment times and details, visit highwic.co.nz

Media Contact: Cheryl Laurie, Ph 09-524-5729

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