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The wait is over for top horticultural talent!

27 November 2018


The wait is over for top horticultural talent!

After thousands of hours of hard work, the long wait is over for top local and international horticultural talent.

A panel of top industry judges have today awarded the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at New Zealand’s floral and horticultural spectacular, the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show.

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spikes, a patio in the middle with a couple of seats and a
bottle of wine, covered by a rusty rounded scuptural thing

A Pollinators Paradise, Katrina Christison and Christine Prebble, Tidy Gardens and Mosaic Design

The Show is open to the public from Wednesday 28 November-02 December, at West Auckland’s The Trusts Arena. NZFGS Gold Medals have been awarded to:

• Lost and Found, Christian Jenkins, Christian Jenkins Landscape Design

• Jules’ Zen Garden, Jules Moore, JM Landscapes

• A Pollinators Paradise, Katrina Christison and Christine Prebble, Tidy Gardens and Mosaic Design

• Land of the Long White Cloud, Franca Logan, Florienne

• Urban Oasis, Matt McIsaac, Industry Landscapes

• Nesian Fusion Garden, Roscommon School

• Beachside, Mairangi Bay School

• New Zealand Gardens Trust

• Winslow Girls, Christine Mawhinney

• Hobbiton Movie Set

• Bonsai on the Rocks, Auckland Bonsai Society

• Lisa Gilmour, Manukau Institute of Technology

• Standing Tall in the Pacific, Lorraine Usher and Geri Nielson, Floral Art Society of New Zealand

• Force of Nature, Valmae Cameron, Floral Art Society of New Zealand

Convenor of Judges and award-winning designer, Penny Cliffin, says; “The excellence on display at the 2018 New Zealand Flower and Garden Show is a testament to the talent and creativity of the horticultural community. Judging over 200 exhibits that reflect a world-class standard of horticultural and floral design is no easy feat. Each medal was awarded based on a number of key elements including; ‘wow’ factor, originality of design, the quality and appropriateness of plant material and quality of construction.” Whilst local and international garden show trends have shown a strong emphasis towards edible gardens, Event Organisers are quick to point out that key trends seen at the 2018 New Zealand Flower and Garden Show are pollinator gardens, tropical plantings in modern settings and gardens focused around mindfulness and well-being. Purple Sherbet Limited, 5 Flower Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021

Event Director and multi-award-winning garden designer, Kate Hillier, says; “It is fantastic to see a range of exhibitors being recognised at this year’s Show, from seasoned professionals, up and comers and DIY enthusiasts.

The New Zealand Flower and Garden Show takes pride in supporting New Zealand’s horticultural community, and we can’t wait for visitors to see the incredible talent on offer at ‘the best Show IN Earth’ over the next five days!”

NZFGS Silver Medals have been awarded to:

• Juxtapose, Brent Reid, Candeo Design

• Floating Shadows, Iftikhar Ahmed, Treeline Designz

• The Colours of Spring, Iuliia Kushnir, National Pedagogical Dragomanov University (Ukraine)

• Yibo Wang, Buckhorn Landscapes

• Retirement Living, Ryman Healthcare

• Jun Zi Yuan, Jason Chen, Thomas Consultants

• Arohanui, Arohanui Special School

• Our Backyard, Rhode Street School

• Ranui Community Garden

• Moths & Butterflies of NZ Trust

• Hub Zero, Tara Moala

• Funk Up My Junk, Buffie Mawhinney

• Our Roots, Students of New Zealand Management Academies Floristry

• Look at us now! Raewyn Thomas, Floral Art Society of New Zealand

• Palm Beats, Druma Kamikamika, Suva Orchid and Horticultural Circle

• Red Earth is ‘Our Place’, Ann Crawford, Windsor Florist

NZFGS Bronze Medals have been awarded to:

• Elements in Action, Dan Mackay, Ministry of Ground

• risonanza sonora, Dean Saunders, Outlook Landscapes

• Interbeing, Justice Bellamy

• Mixed Marriage, Clive Harrison, Brustics

• Reconnection + Recollection, Oscar Perress, The Construct Project

• Nature’s Jungle within the Concrete Jungle, Adam Shuter, Shuter Design

• An Appointment with Nature, Ben Thornton, Shuter Design

• Fairy Forest, Kelly Greenhalgh, The Garden Fairies

• Luxx Wild, Stacey Lupton

• West is Best, Flanshaw Road School

• Swim Between the Flags, Holy Cross Catholic School

• Te Wao Nui O Tāne, Department of Conservation

• Monarch Butterfly House and Function Centre, West Lynn Garden

• The Blues, Rebecca Agnew

Purple Sherbet Limited, 5 Flower Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021

• Waste Not, Want Not, Rebecca Agnew

• Global Warming, Aminiasi Naidike, Suva Orchid and Horticultural Circle

• Flow, Leigh Greenstreet, Floral Art Society of New Zealand

• A Touch of Zealandia, Sue Gardiner, Floral Art Society of New Zealand

• The Claypot, Aminiasi Naidike, Suva Orchid and Horticultural Circle

• Takia, Losana Cakaunivalu, Suva Orchid and Horticultural Circle

• My Happy Place, Sandra Hainsworth, Harbour Rose Florist

• Urning for You, Students of New Zealand Management Academy, Floristry

For the second year in a row, visitors will be offered the chance to experience award-winning garden exhibits, feature floral art installations and displays, indulge in a spot of retail therapy and enjoy gourmet food and beverages.

For more information visit To purchase tickets for the 2018 NZ Flower and Garden Show visit TICKETEK or purchase at the gate. Images are available here, more options available upon request. -ENDS-

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