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Hot Design Highlights from the 2012 Ellerslie Flower Show
Words Jo McCarroll, editor | NZ Gardener, April 2012



With 21 exhibition gardens, seven Victorian flower beds and 1000 hanging baskets, Ellerslie was back to its blooming best this year. Jo McCarroll checked out the highlights at Hagley Park .


Read her report on the Student Designer of the Year.

NZ Gardener - Ellerslie was back to its blooming best this year

Vegetables have been carefully coaxed into seed by Wellington student Rachael Matthews’ garden – it was inspired by her mum’s vege patch, which tended to run a bit wild at this time of year, she says. We loved her clever recycling – climbing frames for beans were made out of the stalks of toetoe, flax and elephant garlic flowers. And her space-saving ideas – the boardwalk lifted to reveal an underfoot composting system.

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