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Blooming success at inaugural NZ Flower & Garden Show

Blooming success at inaugural New Zealand Flower & Garden Show

Undeniably unique and unquestionably beautiful, the New Zealand Flower & Garden Show heralded the start of the summer calendar in a blaze of colour and standout design. The show proved to be a wonderful success, with thousands queuing at the front gates each day to enter the inaugural show.

Convenor of Judges and award-winning designer, Pascal Garbe said:

“The range of exhibitors was a testament to the strength of the New Zealand horticultural community. The show attracted international attention with designers from the US, South Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands making their way down under to exhibit, which is great to see for an inaugural show.”
Event Director Kate Hillier was thrilled with the talent in bloom across the each of the display categories.

“To put it simply, the talent on display spoke for itself. Our horticultural community is composed of some of the best in the world and the New Zealand Flower & Garden Show is proud to support it. Kiwis are becoming increasingly interested in gardening techniques and are highly receptive to new innovations. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the show next year!”

Images are available here, more options available upon request. The full list of winners below:

Best in Show winners:
• Best in Show: The Beekeeper’s Hobbit Hole, Hobbiton
• Horticultural Excellence: The Beekeeper’s Hobbit Hole, Hobbiton
• Construction Excellence: Urban Kitchen, Ben Freeman and Katie Costain, Billygoat Landscaping
• Design Excellence: Trouvaille: Something Lovely Discovered by Chance, Leon Kluge & Bayley LuuTomes
• Sustainability Award presented by RaboDirect: Hamlin Road Farm, Sarah Hewitt
• Special Feature: All Day I Dream in Gardens, Ben Hoyle
• Judges Special Commendation: Garden of Many Rooms, Jules Moore, JM Landscaping
• People’s Choice Award: The Beekeeper’s Hobbit Hole, Hobbiton
Gold Medals:
• Hanging Gardens, Leigh Nicholson • Nature and Nurture, Christian Jenkins
• All Day I Dream in Gardens, Ben Hoyle • The Beekeeper’s Hobbit Hole, Hobbiton
• Trouvaille: Something Lovely Discovered by Chance, Leon Kluge & Bayley LuuTomes • LJ Hooker Austar Realty, Amy Anderson
• Kari Ki Te Tepu, Dawson School
• Food Over Fear, Bellevue School
• Funk Up My Junk, Buffie Mawhinney
• The Winslow Girls, Buffie Mawhinney
• The Path to a New Zealand Life, The Auckland Bonsai Society
• Recycled Garden, Roscommon School
• Country School Hideout, Karaka School
• Hamlin Road Farm, Sarah Hewitt
• Heritage Roses New Zealand, Olga Yuretich • Bloom Wherever You Are Planted, Franca Logan, Florienne
• FLONZI, Robbie Williams

Silver Medals:
• The Expected Journey, Adam Shuter & Department of Corrections • Urban Kitchen, Ben Freeman and Katie Costain, Billygoat Landscaping
• Gateway to the West, Dan Rutherford • Garden of Many Rooms, Jules Moore, JM Landscaping
• Gardenia, Anna MacCormack, Gardenia • Back in Time, Rhode Street School
• Sunrise Organics, Kerron Windybank • Curiosity, Camila Placido
• The Children’s Gardens, Te Kari A Nga Tamariki, Dawson School • Kiwi Can Do, Spark PR & Activate
• Waitakere Orchid Society
• Windsor Florist, Ann Crawford
• Centrepiece, Lesley Rennie
• Kyle Mackenzie
• Celebrate, Raewyn Thomas
• Fresh Flowers, Timandra Houltram

Bronze Medals:
• Eleganza Sofisticata, Outlook Landscapes
• A Peaceful Resting Place, Nigel Cameron
• A Moment of Happiness, Treeline Designz
• Wild Tussock, Tom
• Contraction Leftovers to Planters, Zara Hill
• Cavalier Bremworth
• Ranui Community Garden
• West Auckland Gardens, Diane Griffin
• Maten Floral Design, Nancy Ma
• Fox & Fancy Florist, Kelee Zammit
• Eastridge Flowers, Lily Garrad
• NZMA, Charisse Baker
• Office Hours Flowers, Melissa Peterson • Nestled In: Awash with Nature, Liz Beale
• Wild Exposure, Garry Beherssing and Vanessa Hedges
• The Balcony Kitchen Garden, Justice Bellamy
• Tiri’s Treasured Taniwha, Tiromoana School
• Neeve Woodward
• Woodside Community Garden, Nicole Te Wake
• My Backyard Garden Project
• Suva Orchid & Horticultural Circle, Pravina Rae
• Floral Fusion, Milyanda-Jane Sterling
• Windsor Florist, Ana Caqeta
• NZMA, Gemma Kwon
• MIT, Diana Pan
• The Pacifika Connection

Upcycle Garden Challenge presented by Resene and Tui
• Winner: Hamlin Road Farm, Sarah Hewitt
• Runner up: Funk Up My Junk, Buffie Mawhinny

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