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Display looks good enough to eat
Once again Christchurch will host New Zealand's top flower show in Hagley
Park. The five day event (March 6-10) showcases everything from
international garden designers to floristry. ABBIE NAPIER went down to
check out the preparations one week out from opening day.
FOOD PREP: Kim Chan starts the
set-up for the Edible Ellerslie tent.
FLORIST AND event designer
Kim Chan has spent the last few
weeks hoarding cookware and
fostering baby vegetable plants for
the newest section of the Ellerslie
Edible Ellerslie promotes prac-
tical gardening and is centred
around the idea of cooking what
Herbs, veges, and kitchen
essentials are all part of the show,
which features guest appearances
from well-known chefs -- including
Christchurch s Johnny Schwass.
The key component in the new
show section is the masterclass
tent where chefs will do practical
demonstrations alongside a
gardener, with show-goers invited
to stop for lunch, afternoon tea or
Ms Chan has been working
hard to get the edible tent looking
She has masterminded every-
thing from a food-focused logo to
an arbor of stainless cookware
The tent promises to be a sen-
sory overload when cooking smells
mingle with fresh herbs and
mushrooms, cheeses, breads and
We want to create an
impression when you walk in,
There is still time to book your
spot at one of the tables.
Garden glory just
one roof-top away
LONG ROAD: Tenille Pickett, left,
and Justine Carey have a long way
to go to complete their Emerging
GETTING IN some extra study
time is one thing, but landscape
architecture students Tenille
Pickett and Justine Carey are
going to great lengths to get
ahead of the academic pack.
The pair are among this
year s group of inspired young
amateur garden designers com-
peting at the Ellerslie Flower
In their third year of a Lin-
coln University degree, the
energetic duo have been plan-
ning their entry for months.
The brief specified a rooftop
garden design, measuring only
4.8 metres square.
The competition is run as if
the students were working for
A brief is given, and the con-
testants must work to their cli-
ent s requirements.
Beyond those guidelines the
students can be as creative as
Ms Pickett and Ms Carey
have gone for a flexible garden,
one easily transformed by its
owner to become multi-function
-- maximising the use of space.
We didn t want it to be sta-
tic, Ms Pickett said.
We were pulling away from
the traditional garden concept,
and more towards a contempor-
ary urban space.
Up for grabs is $5000 for the
Emerging Designer award, as
well as the gold, silver and
bronze awards for merit.
The pair have used flexible
grid lighting and custom-
designed modular furniture to
give their space a unique look.
A potted plant wall and ghostly
tree will complete the look.
The experience will be a valu-
able addition to their CVs when
they finish their degree with 40
The girls hope to complete
their entry by Saturday, with
plenty of time for touch-ups
before Monday s judging.
Check the Christchurch Mail
next Thursday to how they fare in
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