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Blooming good: Wakatipu Plunket volunteers Ella Wilson, left, and Sharla Franklin amidst catmint, Japanese blossoms and irises in Sharyn Stalker's garden

By PHILIP CHANDLER

Owners of some of the most beautiful and award-winning local gardens are
throwing open their gates for this month’s popular Wakatipu Plunket Garden Tour.

The November 29 self-drive tour allows ticket-holders to leisurely check out
eight local gardens, including old favourites and some newbies.

Sharyn Stalker’s hosting afternoon tea between 1 and 3pm at her expansive new Lower Shotover garden.

The tour starts with map collection at Shotover Primary School between 9 and 11am.

Tickets, $35, from Queenstown Plunket’s Henry Street rooms or eventfinda; or $40 on the day, if available — children 16 and under go free if accompanied by an adult.

All proceeds go towards helping Wakatipu Plunket provide necessary support to families with children under five.

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