The Greener Side of Christchurch, NZ

February 27, 2014

Botanic Gardens

The low ceiling of morning clouds burned off to a brilliant blue sky by late afternoon. Perfect for visiting the city’s botanic gardens. Although by late February most of the display gardens are a bit past, it is still an impressive show of just what plants can do in a hospitable growing environment – enormous trees from around the word, glorious hydrangea, rose and dahlia gardens – the dahlias were still looking quite showy – the jungle like atmosphere of the O Tane Aotearoa grove with superb specimens of tree ferns, and the herb and vegetable garden with a wide variety of offerings from cool weather peas to warmer weather tomatillos.

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Ellerslie International Flower Show

The annual event which has been cancelled for 2015 (see article) is more a flower infused home and garden show than a pure plant event. It includes everything from a flower-costume fashion show, can construction competition and cooking demonstrations to your more typical garden displays and floral arrangement as well as an extensive area of vendor booths.

Christchurch - International Flower Show

Can Construction Competition

Can Construction Competition

Christchurch - International Flower Show

We discovered smoked garlic, an exercise machine that vibrates while you exercise– reminiscent of the of the old vibrating belt machines – which supposedly burns more calories in the same amount of time than doing standard gym exercise, and a $40 super thick ironing board cover with a reflective coating that allows you to iron both sides of a garment at the same time.

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While short on garden displays for my tastes, some of the winners were simply outstanding. One in particular was an incredible variety of pink blooming flowers surrounding a comfortable blue chair. At the other end of the spectrum were architectural displays contrasting tall grasses with hard man-made surfaces.

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