Welcome to the Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show

25 & 26 March 2017  |  Saturday and Sunday  |  10am to 4pm  |  Waikoko Gardens, Showgrounds Hawke's Bay.

The Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show is a “must attend” event celebrating all aspects of edible gardens from garden to table. This event will appeal to everyone from seasoned gardeners to complete novicesenthusiastic cookslifestylersfamiliesyouth and anyone who wants to embrace a healthier way of living. Encapsulating five key cornerstones:


Within these elements there will be a range of great entertainment as well as educational opportunities with workshops, presentations, competitions and the opportunity to mix and mingle with experts within these fields. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show and put your brand and products either as a sponsor or exhibitor in front of the buying public. We are expecting an audience of 8,000 people from local communities and out of town visitors to this event and the best part is it’s a FREE public event.

The Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden is the only national event dedicated to the “Edible Garden”. Owned and Event Managed by the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society, hosted by the Society in the iconic Waikoko Gardens, Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay in Hastings.  

Any other questions, please contact Hillary Riches, Business Development Manager, 


Exhibitor Information

Put your brand and products in front of thousands of grow your own enthusiasts who are actively interested in growing food at home, keeping livestock and cooking fresh meals with their produce.

This two day event is perfectly timed for the beginning of the growing season. Sites can be booked on line or application forms printed and sent in.

On Line - Don’t delay, book your site now

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DISPLAY GARDENS - PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN FRONT OF 8,000 people in a unique way

Set up a Display Garden based around your business using edible garden elements. A great way to interact with attendees at this event. Exhibits must be an Edible Garden, props are acceptable. Displays can be walked through by visitors. Contact Hillary Riches or phone 06 878 3123 ext 705 to find out if you are eligible for this opportunity.


Visitor Information

The Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden is an exciting way to find out how you can grow your dinner. There’s something for everyone from workshops, “over the fence” Q&A, demonstrations in the Make It!! Marquee on jam-making, preserving and pickling to buying anything and everything you’ll need to start to grow your very own edible garden in the coming season.  Hang out in the Garden Marquee and hear the various speakers telling you how to!!

There’s lots to entertain from the Pop Up Town Farm to taking a coffee break in the village green, having some fun dressing up and taking a selfie in the Social Playground. Wander around the display gardens and learn how other cultures grow and harvest their edible gardens.

Check out the site map which is a graphic representation of the event and not representative of the actual layout.

Entry is free for the public and there is plenty of free car parking available. Please note we are a smokefree event.


The programme of #growediblegarden will be available in February.

  • Essential Information

    Public Entry into the event is via:
    Gate 1 off Kenilworth Road
    Gate 3 off Kenilworth Road
    All gates open at 10.00am and gates close at 4pm. 

    There are bathroom facilities at the event. 

    Lost Children 
    Please direct your children to the information stand, in the centre of the gardens.

  • Parking

    There are plenty of public car parks available at the event, all car parking is off Kenilworth Road.

    Disability Car Park is located off Kenilworth Road, by Gate 3. 

    The Sponsors and Trades Car Park is off Kenilworth Road Gate 1.
  • Eftpos

    We will have EFTPOS available at the information stand.
  • Food and Drink

    There will be food and drink available at the Village Green. 

    Coffee carts are also located in various other positions around the Gardens. 

    You are more than welcome to bring along a picnic to enjoy with your family inside the Gardens or in the car park. 

    No alcohol is permitted to be brought into the Gardens.
  • Accommodation

    There are plenty of motels located in close proximity to the Showgrounds on Karamu Road.
  • Lost Property

    Please visit the information stand if you lose items in the Gardens.


Any other questions, please contact Hillary Riches, Business Development Manager Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden or phone on 06 878 3123, 705. 


Showgrounds Hawkes Bay Karamu Frontage Landscape Design Competition - click on this logo

  • The Warehouse Schools Garden Challenge

    Schools register to take part in this challenge, bin, plants and soil supplied. It’s up to the schools to design and dress their bins. 

  • Prime Trading Ltd Kids Garden in a Box

    Grow your garden at home in a box and bring it along to the event. The rules for this challenge are:

    • Your garden must be no bigger than 60cm x 60cm.
    • Gardens may be decorated and there are no rules on what your garden can be grown in (as long as it does not exceed the dimensions).
    • Gardens must have a name, email address and phone number attached to them.
    • Gardens must be delivered to the venue by 11am on Saturday for Judging and can be collected on Sunday after 3pm.
    • All gardens will be on show to the public.
    • Prizes will be given on, originality, best use of space and decoration. 
    • The Judges decision will be final.

  • The Preserve Off

    You’ve grown it, preserved it – now compete in the "Preserve Off", a twist on the old-fashioned “bake-off”.

    Send in your labelled jars to the Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show by 10 March. 


    • Beetroot Battle – you’ve bottled it, we want to taste it.
    • Compeaches – home-made bottled peaches.
    • Jam Clash – strawberry, feijoa, marmalade, apricot etc.
    • The Relish Quest – tomato, feijoa, zucchini etc.
    • The Sauce Master – plum, tomato etc

  • Crazy shaped vegetable

    Sometimes our veges grow crazy

    Bring in your home-grown crazy shaped vegetable to the Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show. You could win a prize!
    • The vegetable must have been grown in your garden.
    • Name your vegetable – eg “Carrot Robot”, “Strawbeary”.
    • This competition is open to all amateur gardeners, no commercial gardeners.
    • All Vegetables must be delivered to the venue by 10.30am on Saturday for Judging and can be collected on Sunday after 3.30pm.
    • All Vegetables will be on show to the public.
    • The Judges’ decision is final.
  • Colouring in Competition

    Details to come


Links to competitions

  • The Warehouse School Garden Challenge
  • The Preserve Off
  • Prime Trading Kids Garden in a Box
  • Colouring in Competition
  • Crazy Shaped Animals



“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” Aeschylus



PARTNERS AND Supporters 






  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    The Hawke’s Bay A&P Society has developed the event from a small seed. We expect to host around 8,000 people during the 2017 event. 

    75 Trade Exhibitors
    50 Volunteers
    Credible Presenters
    Extensive media campaign over radio, magazine, newspaper

    In its role as Owners and Event Managers of the Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society take pride in delivering consistently successful events where sponsors and partners are not only looked after but showcased to a targeted audience. 

    Sponsorship is a 12-month partnership of awareness, hospitality, brand recognition and promotion of your business. It goes without saying that this is a wonderful opportunity for successful businesses to leverage off this event, expose your brand to the public and increase your market awareness. If visitors to this event are enjoying themselves the more they are likely to spend, they will also associate their experience of the event with sponsors, exhibitors and partners who are involved.

    Click here to find out what opportunities are available.

    Any other questions, please contact Hillary Riches, Business Development Manager or phone on 06 878 3123.


Display Gardens

Information to come.

Please contact Hillary Riches, 06 8783123 ext 705 


Contact Details

Hawke’s Bay A&P Society
Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings
06 878 3123

Business Development Manager
Hillary Riches  

General Manager
Brent Linn   



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key dates

Saturday 25 March 2017 - 10am-4pm

Sunday 26 March 2017 - 10am-4pm