Ellerslie International Flower Show

Ellerslie exhibitors will be adding the final touches to their designs as Christchurch gears up for another Ellerslie International Flower Show. The festival, which is one of the world's greatest gardening extravaganzas, returns this March to its home in the Garden City. The show will run over 5 days from 6 to 10 March, over which time North Hagley Park will be filled once more with impressive gardening displays and a variety of lifestyle related stalls. Showcasing the latest trends in gardening, garden design and products, this event is hugely popular with green thumbed enthusiasts, giving visitors loads of inspiration for transforming their backyards.

A major drawcard this year is the first conceptual garden being shown at the highly acclaimed festival. Andrew Fisher Tomlin, British Garden Designer of the Year, returns to Ellerslie as Convenor of Judges and has also teamed up with two emerging garden designers, brothers Tom Harfleet and Paul Harfleet to create two creative gardens. The conceptual garden Sometimes you need to see what’s above you will involve nine two metre long periscopes hanging from one of Hagley Park's established trees and allow visitors to look into the trees. After the event the periscopes will be donated to a lucky local school.

Ellerslie Flower Show - Now a Regular Christchurch Event

Another exciting aspect of the event is Edible Ellerslie, which is a series of masterclasses featuring renowned Kiwi chefs and foodies including Bevan Smith, Executive Chef at Riverstone Kitchen near Oamaru and Adam Newell, a Michelin star chef and owner of Zibibbo in Wellington. The masterclasses will revolve around a number of themes, from how to create and present a three-course meal to crafting cocktails and canapés. As well as watching the chefs whip up the delights, fortunately you will also get to sample them.

Another highlight is the Ellerslie High Tea which will take place at 3.30 every afternoon over the 5 days of Ellerslie. You'll be served platters of high tea sandwiches, cakes and scones once you've been shown how to make them by Richard Hingston, Executive Pastry Chef at Christchurch Casino. Yum! To enhance your Ellerslie experience why not embark on an Ellerslie Garden Tour and visit memorable gardens around the Canterbury region. Tours include Gardens in South Canterbury, High Country Station gardens, Colour and Design and Grand Gardens which will allow you access to majestic Ohinetahi in Governor's Bay and Otahuna Homestead in Tai Tapu.

Exhibits in the Flower Show include the Starlight Marquee, a UV blocked marquee linked with black silk to show lighting effects and "gardens after dark", the Zealandia National Flower Bed Competition and the Flower Art marquee.

A Great Activity to Get Your Creative Ideas to Bloom

Come early to The Ellerslie Flower Show to take in the whole day. There truly is so much to see so take your time to let the interesting concepts flourish within you. Prepare to be wowed - this busy Christchurch event showcases the best and brightest garden designers battling it out for the top honours for your inspirational pleasure.