Since WordPress essentially ate my first version of this post, I’m doing it again. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it look ‘normal’ this time!
In all 15 Gold medals have been awarded across all categories in the NZ Flower and Garden Show (see yesterday’s posts for the balance).
Convenor of judges and award-winning designer, Penny Cliffin, says: “Judging more than 200 exhibits that reflect a world-class standard of horticultural and floral design is no easy feat. Each medal was awarded based on a number of key elements including; ‘wow’ factor, originality of design, the quality and appropriateness of plant material and quality of construction.”
Franca Logan has done it again in the Floral Fashion section – taking her second Gold in the show’s 2 years – with ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.
Franca, who was born in The Netherlands, owns Florienne in Takapuna and says of her return flights to New Zealand which inspired the installation: “As the plane started to descend through the clouds there were intermittent glimpses of a beautiful place with trees and abundant nature, a hidden paradise … It was like a secret unveiling …”
‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ also won a Special Feature excellence award.
Other Gold medals in Floral Fashion:
Do you like the Auckland skyline in ‘Standing Tall in the Pacific’? The installation also included an Easter Island-type head which a small sign revealed has been carved from Bio Floral Foam and covered in beet seeds.
Two Gold medals were awarded in the School category – both thoroughly deserving.
A group of uniformed children from Roscommon Primary School in Manurewa was looking at their entry, guided by an older woman who pointed out various things and then said, “this is a garden that brings us all together”, before bustling off to straighten the cushions!
Mairangi Bay School, on Auckland’s North Shore, has presented a very cool Kiwi bach garden.
Besides the two Hobbiton Gold medal gardens I featured yesterday, there was one other in the Upcycle Challenge, awarded to Christine Mawhinney (who shared a Gold last year with her sister and daughter in the same category). ‘Winslow Girls’ is about using grey water – water recovered from sinks, showers and washing machines and perfectly fine to use on a garden.
Back in the Pavilion, two Golds were awarded in the Community Gardening section.