11 November 2008
News release from
The Auckland Flower Show
Auckland Flower Show celebrates leisure
This years Auckland Flower Show, taking place
at the centrally located Alexandra Park, promises to
be a multi-faceted celebration of all the naturally
good things in life, according to exhibitions coordinator
The wow factor for many is likely to be flowers, she
says. Amassed in two comfortably cool floral design
halls, will be thousands of blooms, displayed in wonderful
and unusual combinations. Well-known plant breeder Dr
Keith Hammett teams with equally acclaimed painter
Murray Grimsdale for an artistic presentation of stunning
new sweet peas, while an Aussie, Mark Pampling, and
a Kiwi, Iain Stephens - both at the top of the floral
design professions collaborate on a massive 8m
x 4m fusion of flowers.
There will also be designs that suggest dances
with flowers, created by floral clubs and societies.
Just how these creations come to life will be revealed
in daily demonstrations, as well as an impose
competition, on the first day of the show (Thursday,
The show gardens will present new plants, new thinking,
and new materials in landscape design. Keeping-it-real
design categories, such as the Kiwi Back Gardens
and Planted Borders, will give keen gardeners
an abundance of ideas to implement in their own pieces
of paradise. The large Exhibition Gardens - traditional
stars of the show - take poll position along the racetrack
and promise to be stunning when seen by day, by night,
or from elevated positions in the grandstands.
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As ever with a flower and garden show, education is high
on exhibitors agendas. The sustainability message
is implicit in the Make the water well exhibit
Sach, a raised garden that consumes nasties in rainwater
runoff. Edibility is also on the designer menu, from the
delectable landscape by Jules Moore and Cindy
Nancarrow, to KiwiGolds presentation with Tully &
Gardener of the gourmets courtyard garden, and an
earthy concept of Eden, by WormsRus.
Tranquillity is another theme, appearing in Clyde Connells
Waiora, a tribute to complete and utter wellbeing,
and the fragrant beauty of Norma Manuels Rose Garden.
A compelling programme for the Speaker Series will
appeal to those eager to learn more on their favourite pastimes,
including orchids, organics, herbs, fruit and floral design.
But entertainment is the overall aim of this years
show. Organisers Paul McLuckie and Linda Parkinson have
orchestrated a programme that emphasises both horticultural
and social aspects, with a gala dinner, a dine and dance
party, a wine village, performances by international entertainers,
and an object art exhibition.
Their philosophy is one of inclusion. As well as the
garden and floral design communities, they have welcomed
schools into the event, with a competition to create planter
boxes among the opportunities. The Lions service club
is also proud to be on the landscape, as the volunteer
human resources at the show, while the Catholic
Caring Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary of caring
for families and communities, in association with the
Spectacular by day, and sensational by night, its
all on at The Auckland Flower Show next week at Alexandra
Park, 20-23 November.