Grow Ōtautahi festival announces 2022 dates

The Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch Garden Festival will return next year. Photo: Grow Ōtautahi...
The Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch Garden Festival will return next year. Photo: Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch Garden Festival
The popular Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch Garden Festival will return to the city next year.

The festival will be held at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens over three days from March 18-20, 2022. Entry will be free, with organisers hoping for a big crowd on the back of this year's inaugural event, which was deemed a "huge success". 

Festival director Sandi MacRae said excitement is already building around the 2022 festival.

"We were absolutely thrilled to welcome approximately 25,000 guests to the festival in March this year," MacRae said.

"It was a hugely positive experience and feedback has been so encouraging. We’re now in full planning mode, with the aim of bringing a bigger and better festival to the people of Christchurch.

"We really want to build on the community, education and sustainability aspects of the show for 2022. Our visitors were a real cross-section of the local community and we want to encourage more schools and community groups to get involved.

“The charitable trust behind the festival has a long-term vision for Grow that aims to see us expand out into the central city using other venues and city restaurants to share what’s great about growing in Christchurch.

"We are so pleased to have Lincoln University back on-board as our presenting partner and we’re talking with them now about how we also expand the science and research aspects of the festival that were so popular this year.

"And, of course, we’ll be bringing back the packed-out TerraViva workshops, Garden Kitchen demonstrations, and Kids’ Zone, along with all the other parts of the show that people enjoyed."

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