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Auckland Scoops National Flower Bed Title

Media Release, Christchurch City Council, 5 March 2013



Auckland, the City of Sails has wowed the judges of the Zealandia National Flower Bed competition with their themed flower garden 

Wellingtonians win award for Auckland

The garden was designed, built and installed by garden designer Rachael Matthews & graphic designer Christine Prebble.


Auckland City Council took top honours in the competition in which teams had to create a garden that reflected the region they represented.


Renee Davies who headed the judging panel, says there was a distinct wow factor in the garden. “It tells a real story and stands out because it is so well finished.”


Auckland’s winning entry reflects its position as the City of Sails. The garden features a sailing dinghy cutting through the sparkling water of the Waitemata Harbour.


Intricately-created pebble, stone and shell Koru shapes, and sand and driftwood enhance the sweeping planting in soft, sea colours. The garden bed has a fish-like tail and striking wave design.


Silver Distinction went to Otorohanga with their colourful floral Buzzy Bee. Otorohanga has successfully branded itself as New Zealand’s official Kiwiana Town and has chosen the classic children’s toy as the theme for its award-winning garden.


The Ashburton District Council received a Silver medal for its themed garden which picks up on the district’s role as a leading centre for harness racing and is aptly called Harness Jewels, complete with a horse and sulky.



• The City of Sails – Auckland City Council - Gold
• Tidy Gardens - Otorohanga District Council - Silver Distinction
• Harness Jewels - Ashburton District Council - Silver
• Happy 150th Birthday! - Christchurch Botanic Gardens - Bronze

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