Do you need some garden inspiration?
Christchurch our Garden City is well named, we are lucky to have some of the country's best open gardens and most stunning parks. We wanted to highlight a couple of events coming up over the next month or so. There are local garden tours, sculpture exhibitions and we have also attached a great guide of 20 gardens and gardening attractions around our gorgeous city for you to explore.
The Sculptures on the Peninsula Exhibition is a contemporary sculpture exhibition held every two years. It is the largest sculptural exhibition in the South Island and attracts both leading and emerging sculptors. It is running over three days 10th-12th November and being held in the grounds of historic Loudon Farm, Banks Peninsula. Tickets are available from Sculptures on the Peninsula and proceeds from the event will be donated to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre in Governors Bay.
On November 25 and 26th there is the Charity Garden Tour, sponsored by the Wigram Lions Club Christchurch. You can enjoy 11 gardens in a wide range of themes and sizes, open to view over the two days. Charities supported this year are the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Child Cancer Foundation. For more information and to purchase tickets go to Charity Garden Tour. The Canterbury Horticulture Society are running a bus tour to view the gardens. For further information please visit Canterbury Horticultural Society.
Governors Bay School PTA invite you to join their self-guided House and Garden Tour of 13 properties in “The Bay” on Sunday 26th November, 10am-4pm. Included is Ohinetahi Gardens, a garden of international significance owned by Sir Miles Warren; Waitahuna, the original Dyer Homestead and many other private homes and gardens. They are supporting the enhancement of the Governors Bay School playground. To book a ticket head to Governors Bay House and Garden Tour.
Here is a link to a great article by Jo McCarroll at the New Zealand Gardener magazine highlighting her favourite places in Christchurch and its fringes. She has been impressed by some of the inspiring ways clever local people have employed their horticultural skills in the rebuild, after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
It is the perfect time of year to see nature at its best, so enjoy the wonderful events that are on and we hope you'll find something that will inspire you to get creative in your landscaping.