Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Botanic Gardens Mark 150th With Giant Floral Cake


25 February 2013

Botanic Gardens Mark 150th
With Giant Floral Cake

Winning the Zealandia National Flower Bed Competition at the Ellerslie International Flower Show would be the icing on the cake for the team from Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens.

With the gardens celebrating their 150th anniversary staff have decided their entry in the Zealandia National Flower Bed Competition this year will be a giant floral birthday cake, complete with a candle on the top.

The three tier ‘cake’ will stand three-metres tall and will feature hundreds of colourful bedding plants.

Christchurch City Council Team Leader, Garden and Heritage Parks, Jeremy Hawker says a team of up to half a dozen staff from the Botanic Gardens will be responsible for whipping up the ‘cake’, which has been about a year in the planning.

He says while it would be nice to notch up another win in the competition – Christchurch won the first National Flower Bed Competition held at the last Auckland Show in 2007, and won again in 2009 at the first Show in Christchurch and again last year - staff are just looking forward to taking part.

“We just like competing. It’s the camaraderie of Ellerslie that we all enjoy,’’ Mr Hawker says.
Each display in the Zealandia National Flower Competition must be made up of at least 80 per cent of bedding plants and the entries must reflect the region each team represents.
Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens team will be competing against four other teams from across the country.

The Ashburton District Council’s entry picks up on the district’s role as a leading centre for harness racing and is aptly called Harness Jewels.

Auckland’s entry reflects its position as the City of Sails. Its garden will feature a small sailing dinghy cutting through the sparking water of the Waitemata Harbour.

Otorohanga is pinning its hopes on the Buzzy Bee. It has successfully branded itself as New Zealand’s official Kiwiana Town and has chosen the classic children’s toy as the theme for its garden.

Christchurch’s second entry in the competition is being put together by Keep Christchurch Beautiful. ‘From Darkness There Shall Be Light’ will celebrate the rebuild of Christchurch.

Pedro Wylaars, National General Manager of Zealandia says they are excited to see how the different teams tackle the competition.

“What we’re hoping to see is really bold use of colours and lots of creative flair,’’ says Mr Wylaars. “We’re hoping the teams will really capture the essence of the regions they represent with their designs.’’


Caption: Christchurch’s Botanic Garden’s 2012 winning entry in the Zealandia National Flower Bed competition.

Follow Ellerslie International Flower Show on Facebook


• Ellerslie International Flower Show will be held in North Hagley Park from 6 – 10 March 2013.

• Tickets for Ellerslie International Flower Show, at a pre-gate price of $35 for Adult Anyday passes, are available from the website www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz, all open Christchurch City Council Service Centres, Mitre 10 Mega Stores in Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru, Terra Viva, EziBuy Christchurch and Nichols Garden Centres.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial To Be Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together tomorrow to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial Dedication and Civic Memorial Service starts at 12 noon tomorrow, February 22, at the Memorial site on the Ōtākaro/Avon River, in the area bordered by the Montreal Street Bridge, Durham Street, and Cambridge and Oxford Terraces. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news