Auckland wins national flower bed title at Ellerslie show

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

Auckland has wowed the judges of the Zealandia National Flower Bed competition with their themed flower garden. Auckland City Council took top honours in the competition in which teams had to create a garden that reflected the region they represented.

Renee Davies who headed the judging panel, says there was a distinct wow factor in the garden. “It tells a real story and stands out because it is so well finished.”

Auckland’s winning entry reflects its position as the City of Sails. The garden features a sailing dinghy cutting through the sparkling water of the Waitemata Harbour.

Intricately-created pebble, stone and shell Koru shapes, and sand and driftwood enhance the sweeping planting in soft, sea colours. The garden bed has a fish-like tail and striking wave design.

Silver Distinction went to Otorohanga with their colourful floral Buzzy Bee. Otorohanga has successfully branded itself as New Zealand’s official Kiwiana Town and has chosen the classic children’s toy as the theme for its award-winning garden.

The Ashburton District Council received a Silver medal for its themed garden which picks up on the district’s role as a leading centre for harness racing and is aptly called Harness Jewels, complete with a horse and sulky.


• The City of Sails – Auckland City Council – Gold
• Harness Jewels – Ashburton District Council – Silver
• Tidy Gardens – Otorohanga District Council – Silver Distinction
• Happy 150th Birthday! – Christchurch Botanic Gardens – Bronze

Press Release – Ellerslie International Flower Show

Eight gardens have won gold medals at this year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show. The overall quality of the gardens at the Show have impressed the judging panel, but they singled out eight gardens for particular praise, awarding them each a prestigious gold medal.

Those gardens were designed by Christchurch designers Rebecca Hammond and Grant Stephens (H & S Landscapes); Weta Workshop’s The Gloaming creator Johnny Fraser-Allan with Andy Ellis and Danny Kamo; UK designers Harfleet + Fisher Tomlin + Harfleet; Auckland City Council; CPIT Bachelor of Architectural Studies students; Christchurch’s Terra Viva; Wellington landscape design student Bayley LuuTomes and Wellington designer Ben Hoyle (Blue Gecko).

Singled out for Silver Distinction medals were Auckland designers Adam Shuter and Tony Murrell (Shuter Design and Murrell Group), Christchurch designers Jay Van Lent and Stephen Mapletoft (ARKO) and Otorohanga Council.

Silver medals went to Kapiti Coast children from Raumati South Primary School and Christchurch landscaper Scott Fletcher (Insero Design), Lincoln University’s Ryan Morton, Asburton District Council and a second team of CPIT Bachelor of Architectural Studies students.

Hort Galore gold medals this year were awarded to Christchurch Woodturners’ Association for their Alice’s Adventures in Woodland: After the tea party, the NZ Alpine Society and the Christchurch Bonsai Society. Floral Art Gold went to Annika Horgan, from Nectar in Tai Tapu.

Convenor of Judges Andrew Fisher Tomlin (who was not involved in the judging of his own gardens), from Britain says the top awards this year have come from a wide variety of exhibits.

“There is no distinct theme this year, each designer has followed their own heart. We have a vastly diverse range, from gardens like Revolutionising Reuse with amazing recycled elements, to sophisticated and slick gardens like Modern Day Moa.

“I am very impressed by the big ideas and simple messages this year’s designers are showing at Ellerslie. They demonstrate a deep understanding of core design values, as well as high quality material finish and horticultural excellence.”

Fisher Tomlin, who has just been named garden designer of the year at Britain’s New Home Gardens Awards has high-calibre international credentials. He is a director of the London College of Garden Design and sits on the selection panel for the Chelsea Flower Show.

“I am a firm believer in new designers leading the way and with so many innovative new takes on gardens at Ellerslie this year I can see people saying “I never expected that, but I could do it at home.”

“Ellerslie’s variety really will wow visitors this year – and the next generation of garden professionals.”
Exhibition garden results: EXHIBITION GARDENS

• Creative Courtyard – Kevin Gillespie (GLD, Manawatu) – Merit
• Our sustainable schoolyard – Raumati South School – Kapiti Coast – Silver
• ARKO (Jay Van Lent and Stephen Mapletoft) – Silver Distinction
• A French Kiss in Akaroa – Ben Hoyle (Blue Gecko, Wellington) – Gold
• Sometimes you need to see what’s behind you – Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Tom & Paul Harfleet (UK) – Gold
• Sometimes you need to see what’s above you – Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Tom & Paul Harfleet (UK) – Bronze
• Floating in Transition – Scott Fletcher (Insero Design, Christchurch) – Silver
• Modern Day Moa – Adam Shuter & Tony Murrell (Auckland) – Silver Distinction
• Revolutionising Reuse – Grant Stephens & Rebecca Stewart (H & S Design, Christchurch) – Gold

• Casa Viva – Terra Viva, Christchurch – Gold


• Wind of change – Gislinde Folkherts – Merit
• Snow to low levels- Marion Partridge – Merit
• Flowers always inspire – Megan Parker – Silver
• New shoots, new life – Lien Wong Florist – Merit


• North Otago Floral Art – Silver Distinction
• O Frosty Morn – Annette Waller and Liz Chapman – Bronze
• The elements prevail – F & M Floral Art – Bronze
• Lightening strikes – Jenny Harris and Heather Sibley – Silver Distinction
• Jan Osbourne – Merit
• Avon Floral Art Club – Merit
• Three x Three – Marion, Carol and Relda – Silver
• Element of Nature – Bloomers Lois Holdoway and Hannah Braid – Bronze
• Cashmere Gallery – Bronze
• Rainbow Tornado – Annika Horgan, Nectar Florist – Gold

• Hollie Sarten, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland – Silver Distinction
• Tetaake Itinteang, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland – Merit
• Aimee Andrews, Nature’s Florist, Wellington – Silver
• Anastasia Harris, Central City Flowers, Christchurch – Bronze
• Jessica Mills, Lovells Flowers 4 You, Hawera – Bronze


• Sit back and relax – Christchurch Beautifying Association – Bronze
• Back in time – Canterbury Rhododendron Society – Silver
• Alice in Wonderland – Christchurch Woodturners Association – Gold
• Colour up – Canterbury Horticultural Society – Merit
• Plant portraits – NZ Alpine Garden Society – Gold
• Gender garden – NZ Garden Trust Silver Distinction
• Show-offs – Go Gardening NZ (NGINZ) – Bronze
• Songpa Gu Sister City Committee – Bronze

Ellerslie International Flower Show is on now in North Hagley Park from 6 to 10 March. For more information: