Ellerslie Flower Show is the first of the Garden Shows I visit this year. Held in beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand, this international show is marvelous.
Bigger and better this year, the Show proudly gave us more gardens to view than ever. The 19 main Feature Gardens, designed, constructed and proudly presented by New Zealand’s best garden designers were supported by a host of other gardens prepared by young designers, schools, the community and horticulturalists.
Some of the Winners
The Supreme Award for Design and the Judges Supreme Award in fact went to Burn After Reeding by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
The texture in this elegant green planting scheme s is fabulous. I can see the darkness behind the design.
And I love the play on matches and people in the huge burnt match head sculptures lifted by the subtle touches of color.
On a completely different note, Emily McEwan’s garden, Outside the Box won the Landscape Design Award.
Emily’s garden is a light filled, colorful garden made to live in. With a couple of garden rooms linked by well-placed walls and water, this bright and comfortable garden has elements which would suit many gardens the world over – big and small.
The sophisticated grey and white color scheme of most of the structural elements and furniture is set off with bright splashes of color in planting, cushions and fence panels.
But probably my favorite is the Feature garden Under My Umberella
The planting was out of this world – so clever but so simple
If this is what New Zealand has to offer – bring it on
School and Community Gardens
Probably most exciting for me however, were the community and school gardens.
I absolutely love the fact that local schools were encouraged to build their own display gardens, many of them focusing on food production and good eating. Here are some of the edible gardens. I just love the color and sense of fun. I think this is a great idea for other shows to adopt.
Growing to Enjoy
The Edible Journey
But others were just inspirational interpretation of school work.
Who wouldn’t enjoy these great, graphic splashes of primary colour shown in paint and in the planting.
Or this playful musical exploration. Love the waterfeature.
The grown up Community Gardens were really encouraging. The sense of fun and bountiful colour only added to the productivity of the gardens and obvious sense of belonging.
I look forward to sharing more from this fresh and lively Garden Show.