Entries open for Native Gardens Award
1 December 2003
It’s time for Christchurch’s native gardeners to put their
best gumboot forward.
Nominations for the annual Native Gardens Award, organised by the
Christchurch City Council and Canterbury Horticultural Society,
are open until 31 January 2004.
The Award, which is non-competitive, recognises gardens using New
Zealand native plants. It is open to all private, commercial, school
and community gardens in Christchurch that contain a significant
native area or theme.
Native gardens can make such a big contribution to Christchurch’s
natural heritage and biodiversity. We have been delighted with
the quality of native gardens that have been entered since the
Award started in 2000,” Native Gardens Award committee convenor
Neiel Drain said.
The aim of the Award is to promote the use, benefits and presentation
of native plants in an urban setting. “These gardens also
contribute to the wider landscape and the city’s international
reputation for diverse gardens,” Mr Drain said.
Some 80 gardens have received awards since the scheme started.
Awards are issued at two levels – Award of Merit for gardens
meeting the highest standards in the judging criteria and Certificate
of Merit for gardens considered worthy of official recognition.
The gardens are judged by representatives from the Christchurch
City Council and Canterbury Horticultural Society.
Gardens that receive an award are not eligible for nomination within
the following three years.
Entry Forms are available from the Council’s Civic Offices;
Service Centres; and the Canterbury Horticultural Centre, South Hagley Park. For a form
to be posted, call the Canterbury Horticultural Society on 3666-937.
For more information view: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/Community/Awards/NativeGardens/
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