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Waitakere's Ranges garden wins bronze at Ellerslie

15 November 2007

Waitakere's Ranges garden wins bronze at Ellerslie

Waitakere's entry in the Ellerslie Flower Show's 'council bedding garden' section has won a bronze medal at the Ellerslie Flower Show 2007.

The Call of the West garden, a celebration of the blend of nature and culture in the city, was built on locally-quarried rock.

Vibrant threads of colour weave in and around the dramatic geology of the 'Ranges'.

Hovering above the garden are several Hihi (stitchbird) sculptures by Iona Matheson.

These were made from natural objects from the bush, including kauri and rewarewa leaves.

The use of bright yellow marigolds is a metaphor for the hopeful movement of the Hihi since its recent release back to the Ranges by the Ark in the Park project.

The Hihi is a 'ray of sunshine' for the city's efforts at bringing nature and culture together to create an ecologically diverse city.

The council garden competition was won by Christchurch with Waitakere and Hamilton City each taking home a bronze medal.


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