The Riot of Spring: Springtime at Tupare

Walking through Tupare during springtime is always a deeply moving experience, since every part of this magnificent garden is simply bursting with energy.

The Riot of Spring is the final exhibition in a series highlighting the beauty of Tupare throughout the seasons. Using a small Leica digital camera photographer Tara Jahn-Werner focuses on the contrasting temperaments of spring blooms. Sometimes introspective and moody, other times outright extrovert, every flower has the capacity to engross.

Ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal and regrowth come to mind. To paraphrase Igor Stravinsky’s virtuosic and primeval-sounding orchestral work The Rite of Spring, Tupare features a riot of colour everywhere.  Soft white and deep red rhododendrons contrast sharply with the pink vividness of camellias, which in turn match the equally spectacular hues of purple clematis and stunning orange clivia.

Inspired by a well-established tradition of photographers and artists who have focused on flowers at some stage in their work, Tara says that two in particular; Ernst Haas and the painter Georgia O’Keeffe have had a direct influence on the exhibition.

“Especially Haas, who devoted the last ten years of his life to the study of Buddhism; and suggested that the entire universe can be contained within a flower,” she says.


Exhibition opens Fri, 26 Oct
Date/Hours During the festival, daily 9am – 5pm
Venue Tupare Gardener’s Cottage, 487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth
Admission Free 
Meet the artist  Saturday 27th 2pm to 4pm.