WIN A TRIP TO THE SINGAPORE GARDEN FESTIVAL The Ellerslie International Flower Show’s major sponsor Egmont Seed Co, in conjunction with this year’s Show, is …
Ellerslie Gold Medal winning garden ‘Fresh Start, New Growth’ from Dan Rutherford has been a big attraction for visitors this year. The garden has a 3 minute cycle from sunrise to sunset and in that time visually tells the ChCh story of the last 12 months. Dan talks us through from sunrise to sunset and in this video you’ll see Dans time lapse video he filmed from his deck in Cashmere.
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Hand Over a Hundy is a one year challenge to young families to learn to grow and produce their own vegetable gardens.
They are sponsored a hundy (or $100) to buy all the essentials for their gardens with the challenge of not only learning the art of gardening but to produce more than they need to sell a hundy dollars worth and pass that on to the next family at the end of the year.
Here’s the founder and medal winning garden designer Jade Temepara
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A major attraction for this years Ellerslie is in the City Care and Hort Galore Floral Art Marquee. The floral art displays are from clubs,individuals and the apprentices who by the way await the announcement at 1-30pm of the Apprentice Florist of the Year, both junior and senior sections.
Heres a selection of photos from the floral section in the Marquee.
Variety and wow factor!
This year the sculpture garden at Ellerslie is the biggest ever from the huge pieces that would suit a country estate to the small that would look great in the inner city courtyard. The sculpture pieces are from some of the best sculptures in New Zealand and from around the world and are this year proving a real highlight for the visitors to this years show.
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Designer Ben Hoyle has been creating and building gardens for as long as he can remember. Born and raised in a small country town in Northland, New Zealand, Ben has a natural affinity for the outdoors and a passion for plants and design.
At the age of 20 and fresh out of tertiary training Ben formed his own Landscape Design Company, www.bluegecko.co.nz in 1998. In the same year he exhibited at the Ellerslie International Flower Show winning his first Silver Medal. This would prove to be the beginning of an addiction for him, exhibiting a further six times to bring his current medal tally at E.I.F.S. to seven (triple gold), including taking top honours in 2006 in the Avenue of Gold section, (competing against other previous Gold Medal winners). In 2009 Ben’s latest Gold Medal achievement also included the Judges Supreme Award for Landscape Construction.
In 2008, Ben was selected to represent New Zealand at the internationally acclaimed Singapore Garden Festival. This was Ben’s first overseas exhibition and the first time New Zealand was represented at the Festival.
In October 2010 Ben represented New Zealand in the inaugural Gardening World Cup held in Japan. With the show them ‘Gardening for Peace’, Ben’s radically innovative and thought provoking design ‘A Moment in Time’ was awarded a Gold Medal and the Supreme Peace Award.
This year his display SHE LOVES ME, SHE LOVES ME NOT… has already won gold and now The People’s Choice Award. Ben says “the traditional outdoor room has been artfully morphed into a giant water lily. This floating sanctuary is inspired by nature and one’s desire to physically and mentally break away from ‘terra firma’ from time to time. This garden explores the human element, that love-hate relationship Cantabrians share with their ever changing environment and provides an innovative and hopeful perspective of adapting for the future”
Here’s Ben being surprised by the judges with his Peoples Choice Award
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