Art and gardens to be on show in Alexandra

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Artists, performers and exhibitions will take centre stage when Art in the Garden is hosted in Alexandra in the new year.

The event will take place on January 5-6, from seven private gardens on Old Golf Course Rd.

Alexandra Community Arts Council member Loretta Bush said the event had been designed so people could take their time to enjoy everything on offer.

“Your ticket is valid for two days, which means that you are able to use both days to view a wide range of works of art – from painters working in a range of different media, potters, photographers, up-cycled art, jewellery, sewing, Maori weaving; as well as wool crafts, including spinners and weavers, knitting and felting.”

Each ticket holder will also be entitled to one serving of Devonshire tea.

Money raised from the event went back into the community, Ms Bush said.

“We use that money to put towards scholarships.

“Artists and performers of any age are able to apply for funding in order to develop, or extend their range of skills or knowledge.”

Mrs Bush said the event was also an opportunity for people to enjoy the area and everything it has to offer.

“Bring your lunch and take time to soak in the spectacular view, right over the Alexandra basin, from the Old Man Range to Leaning Rock. Sit a while and enjoy performers as they showcase their talents.”

Each garden features a range of trees, shrubs and perennials, which thrive in the exposed environment.

“It is very evident how each home-owner has created an outstanding environment that meets their own unique needs,” Ms Bush said.

“Examples of this are hand-stacked dry stone walls, xeriscaping using a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs selected to attract wildlife and native birds and insects, as well as productive kitchen and orchard gardens.”