Seedlings Are Available Now

Seedlings Are Available Now


Poppy went to check on the seedlings and is happy to announce they are ready for purchase. We have giant and miniature pumpkin seedlings ready now from the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre.

$2 each or 3 for $5

And on November the 3rd the Carnival team will be at the Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival, come check out the Scarecrows and pick up some pumpkin seedlings.

More info about the Scarecrows can be found here:


Jamie Frost Wins Central North Island Budding Young Gardener Title

Jamie Frost Wins Central North Island Budding Young Gardener Title

Jamie frost has been a competitor at The Great Pumpkin Carnival for many years, entering many of our categories.

He was recently declared the Central North Island Budding Young Gardener winner by Yates as they search for the overall Budding Young Gardener in New Zealand.

How Jamie got started and what he’s doing with gardening is in this great article:

We can’t wait to see what Jamie brings to the 2020 Great Pumpkin Carnival.

Seedlings Have Been Planted

Seedlings Have Been Planted

We have started the giant and miniature pumpkin seedlings for the upcoming season. With so many people keen to grow last year we decided to start more this year.

We have 2 main ways for you to get your hands on the seedlings when they are ready.

Hamilton Gardens Information Centre
The seedlings will be available during the opening hours. If your making a special trip just for the seedlings it might pay to call and check on stock levels.

Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival
The Carnival team will be there with lots of seedlings ready for their new homes. Come along talk pumpkins, check out the amazing scarecrows.

All seedlings will be $2 each or 3 for $5 with cash only sales.

If you are after a large quantity of seedlings please get in touch and we can organise something for you.

2019 AGM Notice

2019 AGM Notice

Hello pumpkin people

Hope you have had a good break since The Great Pumpkin Carnival 2019.

It is almost time for our AGM followed by our very first committee meeting for the 2020 Carnival.

August 15th
Celebrating Age Centre
30 Victoria St

If you’d like to help out at the event or be part of the committee that puts it together we would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions please flick us a message either on here or via our website.

Last Meeting for End of 2019 Season

Last Meeting for End of 2019 Season

The Great Pumpkin Carnival committee just had it’s last meeting for the 2019 season.

We discussed the feedback we received about the 2019 Carnival, and how the event went from our point of view.

It was great to see all the people that entered, the positive comments from people that bother entered and came along on the day.

We look forward to starting to organise the 2020 event and will have the date of the next Carnival for you very soon.

Best School Winner is….

Best School Winner is….

A big congratulations to Frankton School for taking out the Best School at the 2019 Great Pumpkin Carnival. With the prize donated by Leah Gordon at Lodge Real Estate.  Frankton got the most points in total across all the categories and classes Schools can enter.

We went along to present the prize and talk pumpkins to the students, as well as witness the winning pumpkin racers in action and check out the pumpkin bus which rolled great on its pumpkin wheels.

Runner up went to Argyle Preschool. Well done to everyone that entered on the day. I know Frankton is already planning for the 2020 event.

We can’t wait to see the amazing creations, and speedy pumpkin racers.