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Christchurch Botanic Gardens wins Supreme Award at Ellerslie 2014

Submitted by on February 27, 2014 – 8:09 pm

Media Release: Christchurch City Council


Source: Christchurch City Council

Source: Christchurch City Council

Christchurch Botanic Gardens have captured glory at the Ellerslie International Flower Show with a horticultural exhibit called Burn after Reeding.

Their display featuring reeds and rushes in a contemporary setting with a hint of darkness captured the coveted Judges’ Supreme Award.

Convenor of Judges Andy Sturgeon said the display had brilliant composition and colour, texture and form.
“High on horticulture, sculpture and drama with a strong and clever concept,” Mr Sturgeon said.
The Supreme Construction Award went to the Kapiti Coast’s Ben Hoyle of Blue Gecko Design for Under my Umbrella.
“We were really impressed with the scale of the endeavour, and the complexity and engineering underpinning the whole exhibit,” Mr Sturgeon said.

The Supreme Horticultural Excellence Award went to Sally Brown of Blueskin Nurseries in Dunedin for the exceptional quality and diversity of plants.

“It’s one of the best horticultural exhibits we’ve seen with a range of plants with great public appeal,” he said.
The Lighting Supreme Award went to Wellington’s Bayley LuuTomes for his Take a Second Look garden designed to raise awareness of the issues faced by children with arthritis.

“The detailed placement and concealment of luminaries along with the contrast of a warm playground gives a powerful message,” Mr Sturgeon said.

The Supreme Design Excellence Award also went to Christchurch Botanic Gardens for Burn after Reeding.
Design judges said it had huge impact, evoked emotion and had beautiful plant combinations with a subtle use of colour.
Judges Supreme Award – Christchurch Botanic Gardens
The Supreme Award for Horticulture – Sally Brown of Blueskin Nurseries
The Supreme Award for Design Excellence- Christchurch Botanic Gardens
The Supreme Award for Lighting – Bayley Luu Tomes
The Supreme Construction Award – Ben Hoyle of Blue Gecko Design
The Emerging Designs Student Designer of the Year Award – Jordan Hampson
The National Flower Bed Competition – Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Ellerslie International Flower Show is on in North Hagley Park from 26 February to 2 March.

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