More major gardens for Ellerslie 2014

10 October 2013

New Zealand’s premier garden event is back on track, with more major exhibition gardens than ever before expected at Ellerslie International Flower Show 2014.

Inspiration is guaranteed, with the most major exhibition gardens in the show’s 21-year history and twice as many gardens as at this year’s event, says Christchurch City Council's Marketing and Events Unit Manager, Richard Stokes.

“We’ve listened to feedback and comment about the 2013 Show and have set goals to ensure we offer more of the stunning gardens people have told us they love.”
There will be 16 exhibition gardens of a minimum 100 square metre size at Ellerslie in 2014, compared with seven in 2013. The most major exhibition gardens previously seen at Ellerslie were 15 in 2009.

Exhibition garden designers include three popular former Ellerslie gold medal winners - Ben Hoyle from the Kapiti Coast, Bayley LuuTomes from Wellington and Christchurch’s own Dan Rutherford.

“For designers, creating a garden at Ellerslie is always a challenge, something to aspire to. We are also delighted to welcome many new exhibitors for the 2014 show, including Auckland-based, award winning landscape design company, Natural Habitats.
Crowd favourite Jenny Gillies, an internationally renowned Christchurch-based costume and fabric artist, is back for Ellerslie 2014, with a new “Naughty by Nature” show featuring sumptuous floral artwear.

The show is a themed, fully choreographed performance, set to music with dancers portraying a wide variety of items from the plant kingdom, including flowers, vegetables, fruit, trees and wicked weeds.

There will be five catwalk performances a day plus static displays to allow Jenny Gillies’ many fans to experience her spectacular floral creations.

Another move likely to prove popular with visitors is pulling the event forward into late summer. Organisers are acting on public feedback, along with expert advice from horticulturalists, says Richard Stokes.

“Even though we’re moving the event less than a fortnight, we’re on the cusp of the seasons and the difference is quite dramatic. It will give designers a wider range of flowers to choose from, while the new date also boosts the already high chance of Christchurch turning on dry, sunny weather.”

Ellerslie International Flower Show 2014 will be held in Christchurch from 26 February to 2 March 2014. Tickets are on sale from November at
“The tickets offer great value for a major international show, as our research shows the average visitor spends over five hours enjoying Ellerslie.”