Exhibition space bursting at the seams
Designer gardens at next year's Ellerslie Show already outnumber those
The number of confirmed
exhibition gardens for Christchurch's first
Ellerslie International Flower Show has already exceeded the number
featured at the last Auckland-based Show.
months out from the Show we have already signed up 12
exhibition gardens. This is more than the total number we had in
Auckland for the last Show in 2007," says Ellerslie Exhibition Manager
of these gardens will be released during the next couple
months but include world-renowned designers.
response from exhibitors for next year's Ellerslie
Flower Show has been phenomenal. It has meant we are struggling to
accommodate the high interest for the first Christchurch-hosted Show."
The Hort Galore
marquee is already "full and bursting at the seams",
"The interest from horticultural clubs and
societies to be involved in
Ellerslie has been overwhelming - it is fantastic."
Ms Hillier says while
interest from South Island garden designers has
been strong, there has also been good interest from North Island
designers looking to continue their long association with Ellerslie.
"Designers recognise the
value and importance of Ellerslie in helping to
promote their national and international profile and develop their
Ellerslie International Flower Show
Managing Director Dave Mee says the
first Christchurch-hosted Show is shaping up to the best yet.
"There is real excitement nationally and
internationally about the
change in venue, change in city and the energy from Christchurch to
create a world-class event - a Show which will be recognised as one of
the top five garden shows of the world," he says.
"With all the
changes, the horticulture industry has been
for Ellerslie 2009 and is excited about the programme of other
activities Christchurch is developing to support the Show.
"We were overwhelmed at the recent
Chelsea Flower Show with the number
of international garden designers endorsing Ellerslie's move to the
South Island," Mr Mee says.
"Christchurch really is going
to be the place to be in March