More from Ellerslie 2014

Large garden shows are as much about spotting the cheap ‘n cheerful ideas as being blown away by the cash that’s been thrown about to create a small garden for a very limited time.

Here are some of each …

st alban's

Milk containers recycled as lettuce planters – St Alban’s Catholic School won silver. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Thomsen-Matthews - Copy

Letitia Thomson and Ashleigh Matthews looked to Mexico for inspiration for their courtyard design in the student section and won silver. Wouldn’t this wall be fun to create, just think of all those op shop visits? Photo: Sandra Simpson

hoyle - Copy

An exterior view of Ben Hoyle’s garden. He won the supreme award for construction and quite right too. The garden was beautifully finished. Photo: Sandra Simpson


H&S bath

H&S Landscape Designs of Christchurch went the whole hog – beside the bath and its pool was a huge double bed! Photo: Sandra Simpson


And, finally, because it’s a flower show, here’s a shot of the Canterbury Horticultural Society Begonia Circle’s garden (with a mirror on the wall) that won gold. Photo: Sandra Simpson



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