Any Other Topics: Ellerslie International Flower Show 2012, Christchurch, New Zealand
Started by: Doreen Mear
New Zealand Alpine Garden Society display awarded Silver Distinction!Go to latest contribution by Doreen Mear, 19 March 2012, 20:55. Go to bottom of this page.
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A year ago, New Zealand?s premier floral event, the annual Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch was cancelled at the last minute due to the earthquake, but at least the floral marquees came into their own in providing temporary accommodation for the rescue services, volunteers and a few stranded people! The 2012 Show was staged last week in Christchurch?s Hagley Park, and this time all went without a hitch. The New Zealand Alpine Garden Society was delighted to be awarded a Silver Distinction for its display on the theme of where our garden plants originated and the superhuman efforts of past and present planthunters to bring home the ?bacon? to their commercial sponsors, botanic gardens and wealthy patrons.
The display showed a (very basic!) tent complete with (very posh!) primus stove, various old hand tools and wooden plant labels, and the piece de resistance, a Wardian case especially commissioned for the exhibit. A case like this would have been used to transport plants back home, and was certainly a talking point amongst our visitors.
Autumn is not the easiest time of year for staging alpine plants, especially after a very hot dry summer, but the stand was colourful with a ribbon of Primula capitata flowering out of season along the ?riverbank?, autumn crocuses, cyclamen, rhodohypoxis and gentians. Podophyllum, Amorphophallus, Eucomis, Arisaema and a wide selection of ferns, succulents and native plants provided architecture and texture. This earned the Society a Highly Commended award in the Supreme Horticulture category.
A huge effort by the team, some of whom are already rarin? to go for next year!
Heartiest congratulations to the team on their successful exhibit, Doreen ... hope you attracted some new members? Kindest regards from all your friends in Lancashire and Yorkshire and the show scene in general.
Thanks, Cliff, and here's some more pics from around the show, including bees, taniwhas and daisy chains. Of the outdoor exhibits, if you're into pink, then the giant waterlily was quite sumptuous. The Engineer's Garden was based on what a South Island hydroelectric engineer might salvage, including a shelter made from penstock pipe, and duck-egg blue water to mimic the unreal colour of our lakes from suspended "glacial flour". The penguin seems to be quite enjoying the onset of global warming, complete with sunnies and a glass of something cold to hand. And of course, the heart of Christchurch, never far from our minds. Altogether, a great day out, for everyone, not just garden fanatics!