The 2014 Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch, NZ, later this month (Feb 26 to March 2) will have 8 schools creating bright and colourful gardens in front of a façade of a street of houses.
St Albans Catholic School, St Albans, Christchurch
Fifty-two student Garden Club members are replicating their successful school vegetable garden to share with the public. Sustainability is a key factor, as is “growing to enjoy, growing to share”. They aim to present a delightfully colourful garden that is achievable for all.
Our Craft Garden
Andrew Male for Thorrington School, Huntsbury, Christchurch
Today, children live in a virtual 3D world, always on their PC, laptop or tablet. This garden transports them back to the REAL world, where they can connect not only visually, but by actually touching, smelling and playing. The inspiration came from the overwhelming responses on how to design the garden: not one child suggested drawing the design up on paper but instead pointed to apps like Minecraft and SimCity.
The Edible Journey
Tai Tapu Primary School, Canterbury
This garden takes a journey from the school’s vege garden to Bank’s Peninsula and all the way to Akaroa. It showcases the fantastic edible produce available on our doorstep and was inspired by a cookbook the school’s parent-teacher association produced, which featured recipes made with locally grown produce.
Morning Tea in Lyttelton
Lyttelton Main School, Lyttelton
The students of Lyttelton Main School have shared their idea of an idyllic summer’s day for this garden – a refreshing swim in the cool blue water of Corsair Bay followed by a walk up the boardwalk to picnic on fresh fare, straight from the school’s edible garden.
Christchurch South Intermediate, Spreydon, Christchurch
In this garden, art comes to life. Using the primary colours and strong linear elements of Piet Mondrian’s painting, the students have created a visually calm yet exciting garden. The idea came from the school’s vision of students making links across different curricular areas.
Afio Mai I Samoa – Welcome to Samoa
Students, parents and community of St James School, Aranui, Christchurch
Nearly 70 percent of the students at St James are Samoan so they were keen to showcase and celebrate their birthplace. A visit to this garden will make you feel like you’ve gone offshore, with traditional island sounds, scents and visual features, including a fale made of plants.
Chisnallwood Intermediate, Avondale, Christchurch
This garden is inspired by the important role music plays at Chisnallwood and the important role gardens have when you’re at home. Being in the urban red zone, the students have had an insight into the lives of those who have moved on from the area, seeing much loved gardens and yards exposed with the removal of fences and houses – some of those features are used in the garden.
Life’s a Breeze
West Eyreton School, North Canterbury
Earlier this year, the West Eyreton community was rocked by some high force winds hat felled a large number of trees and caused many power outages and disruptions. It inspired this fun wind-themed garden which highlights natural timbers and movement in an interactive way. The garden reflects the unique North Canterbury environment.