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It is a garden tour with a difference and there is a two-year wait for the next.

The biennial Art in the Garden event, organised by the Alexandra Community Arts Council is centered on gardens in Letts Gully Rd on Saturday and Sunday.

Alexandra Community Arts Council president Shona Bain said six gardens ranging from one where the plants needed ‘‘only what falls from the sky’’ in terms of watering, to the more traditional were complemented by 22 artists covering a range of artistic disciplines, and 18 music acts.

One of the artists in residence at Grey Ridge Vineyard’s cellar door was artist Maria Verduyn, whose medium of choice has been acrylic ‘‘on and off for 20 years’’, she said.

A vineyard had been included for the first time and the cellar at Grey Ridge Vineyard proved a popular addition to the line-up, Mrs Bain said.

In the 20 years since the event began it had gained somewhat of a cult following.

‘‘We’ve got people from Christchurch who, when they leave their motel units today, they will book again for next time.’’

They were joined by people from across the South Island, local people and some new to the region who wanted to see how to garden in Central Otago’s challenging conditions.

‘‘They simply come to see what they can grow in this climate.’’

The aim of the event since its inception was to promote Alexandra artists and all money raised went back to them in the form of scholarships.

More than 400 tickets were sold on Saturday.

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