Nothing beats the colour and beauty of an old-fashioned garden fete — and Selwyn has a world-class example of its very own this October

A garden of delights

by Andy Bryenton

With spring in the air, what could be a better day out than an old-fashioned English-style country fete, set in the grand gardens of a stately manor?

The answer, of course, is a fete with a bit of Kiwi flair — the very definition of Selwyn’s Spring Fling held at the amazing Broadfield Gardens.

Laid out in the image of the beautiful formal gardens of Europe, but with a distinctively New Zealand quirkiness to make them unique, Broadfield Gardens cover a sprawling 3.5 hectares and have been established for more than a quarter of a century. The great landscape designers of the Regency and the Victorian era consider 25 years to be the perfect ‘ripening’ time for a grand garden, and spring sees all the wonderful plants in their finery.

Even on a normal day, there are eighteen different sections to explore in this registered ‘Garden of International Significance’. On October 7 the entire venue will come alive with the colours, sounds and culinary aromas of a proper spring fete from 11am.

Along with guided tours of the gardens, visitors will be able to sample some delicious cookery, talk to artisans and craftspeople, browse an eclectic range of stalls under colourful canvas, and listen to some live music among the flowers.

This event is the very definition of a family day out.