‘A Garden for Christchurch’ wins GOLD
at the Ellerslie International Flower Show
Xanthe White with Daltons GM, Colin Parker, and supreme award for construction.
There have been huge celebrations as Xanthe White’s creation, ‘A garden for
Christchurch’ at Ellerslie International Flower Show 2012, was awarded Gold and
also won Best Overall Garden Construction.
Daltons are delighted for Xanthe, it is a fantastic result and it’s been great to see
the garden come to life and reflect her vision of creating an inspiring garden for
Christchurch. We are very proud to be a part of that.
This year Xanthe was one of four top New Zealand designers to be selected to
exhibit in the exclusive Gold medal gardens, site GM1 (only open to previous
gold award winners) and challenged to ‘create an inner city garden for
Commenting on the win, Xanthe said, “I feel honoured to have created
something for Christchurch and the brief we were given struck a real chord with
me as we were preparing for show last year when the earthquake struck. To
have won gold makes it even more special.”
This is the third time Daltons have sponsored Xanthe White at the Ellerslie
International Flower Show. Previously they sponsored her 2003 ‘Kiwi Backyard’
garden which won Silver, and in 2004 the People’s Choice award for her
garden, ‘Having it all with Daltons’. In total Xanthe has been involved in 4
different shows at Ellerslie and has won the ‘supreme award for design’. She
has also exhibited at Chelsea International Flower Show, winning a Silver Gilt
award in 2005 and Silver in 2011.
Daltons are passionate supporters of the NZ horticulture industry and are delighted to be part of this
garden, which highlights NZ”s great plant breeders, nurseries and quality landscape design. As their
relationship with Xanthe White dates back to 2003, they knew Xanthe’s garden at this year’s Ellerslie
International Flower Show would be something beautiful, considered and unique.
Once again, Xanthe has come up with something that is original and inspiring, yet attainable. Daltons
are proud to present “A Garden for Christchurch”.
“When we look at rebuilding a city it is not a matter of choosing one path.
Our gardens, like our homes, need to embrace both our heritage and our future.
They need to provide a place for us to look to the horizon, as well as a sanctuary in which to retreat from the challenges of life.
This duality is the centre of the design for this garden which works to use passive
design to create a garden that is sustainable and contemporary, but also celebrates
the horticultural heritage of Canterbury. The space is divided into two areas; one
which is open, bold and outward looking, and the other sunken garden which is
intimate and enclosed. These spaces also provide a contrast in passively heating
and cooling spaces that can be moved between as the seasons change.
The simplicity of the locally sourced stone used in different forms through the design
embraces contemporary design principles, while the complex and diverse selection
of plant materials celebrates Christchurch’s heritage as our garden capitol.”
Due to an overwhelming number of entries into the draw, we have randomly selected not 3, but 10 Daltons Essential Gardeners prize packs to give away.
Elizabeth Stuckey of Ashburton, Glennis Griffin of Canterbury, Garth Moore of Christchurch City, Ian Roberts of Dunedin City, F Trollope of Marlborough, Anne Murray of Nelson City, Neil Judson of Waimakariri, B Simes of Dunedin City, Bronwyn Horgan of Christchurch City and Nesla McGhie of Auckland South.
Prize winners will be contacted directly.
To all who visited and supported Xanthe White's 'Garden for Christchurch' at the Ellerslie International Flower Show, thank you.