The Auckland Flower Show
The Auckland Flower Show 2010

Auckland Flower Show celebrates leisure

This year’s Auckland Flower Show, taking place at the centrally located Alexandra Park, promises to be a multi-faceted celebration of all the naturally good things in life, according to exhibitions coordinator Jenny Pullar.

The wow factor for many is likely to be flowers, she says. Amassed in two comfortably cool floral design halls, will be thousands of blooms, displayed in wonderful and unusual combinations. Well-known plant breeder Dr Keith Hammett teams with equally acclaimed painter Murray Grimsdale for an artistic presentation of stunning new sweet peas, while an Aussie, Mark Pampling, and a Kiwi, Iain Stephens - both at the top of the floral design professions – collaborate on a massive 8m x 4m fusion of flowers.

There will also be designs that suggest ‘dances with flowers’, created by floral clubs and societies. Just how these creations come to life will be revealed in daily demonstrations, as well as an ‘impose’ competition, on the first day of the show (Thursday, 20 November).

The show gardens will present new plants, new thinking, and new materials in landscape design. Keeping-it-real design categories, such as the ‘Kiwi Back Gardens’ and ‘Planted Borders’, will give keen gardeners an abundance of ideas to implement in their own pieces of paradise. The large Exhibition Gardens - traditional stars of the show - take poll position along the racetrack and promise to be stunning when seen by day, by night, or from elevated positions in the grandstands.

As ever with a flower and garden show, education is high on exhibitors’ agendas. The sustainability message is implicit in the ‘Make the water well’ exhibit by Kirsten Sach, a raised garden that consumes nasties in rainwater runoff. Edibility is also on the designer menu, from the ‘delectable landscape’ by Jules Moore and Cindy Nancarrow, to KiwiGold’s presentation with Tully & Gardener of the gourmet’s courtyard garden, and an earthy concept of Eden, by WormsRus.

Tranquillity is another theme, appearing in Clyde Connell’s Waiora, a tribute to ‘complete and utter wellbeing’, and the fragrant beauty of Norma Manuel’s Rose Garden.

A compelling programme for the Speaker Series will appeal to those eager to learn more on their favourite pastimes, including orchids, organics, herbs, fruit and floral design.

But entertainment is the overall aim of this year’s show. Organisers Paul McLuckie and Linda Parkinson have orchestrated a programme that emphasises both horticultural and social aspects, with a gala dinner, a dine and dance party, a wine village, performances by international entertainers, and an object art exhibition.

Their philosophy is one of inclusion. As well as the garden and floral design communities, they have welcomed schools into the event, with a competition to create planter boxes among the opportunities. The Lions service club is also proud to be on the landscape, as the volunteer “human resources” at the show, while the Catholic Caring Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary of caring for families and communities, in association with the event.

Spectacular by day, and sensational by night, it’s all on at The Auckland Flower Show next week at Alexandra Park, 20-23 November.

Story ends...

If you were one of the many thousands who attended the Auckland Flower Show 2008 then you will know what a great, world-class show that it was.

Indeed when one of our esteemed international judges from Australiae says that the Melbourne Flower Show could learn from us then we know that we have achieved the standard that we set out to achieve.

If you missed it then make sure that you click here to register so that you get all the early offers for next year.

Alternatively if you want to exhibit next year then please Click here to enter your details (and you will then be directed to the appropriate exhibitor's guide) or Email us.

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