All Black Andy Ellis' garden design wins award

Last updated 09:09 10/07/2012
Andy Ellis garden

INSPIRED BY QUAKES: This garden, designed by Andy Ellis and Danny Kamo, won a gold award at the Singapore Garden Festival over the weekend.

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All Black Andy Ellis' second talent - gardening - has been recognised again.

Ellis, in conjunction with landscape architect Danny Kamo, designed a garden which has won an international design award.

The pair's landscape, inspired by the Canterbury earthquakes, picked up a gold award at the Singapore Garden Festival over the weekend.

Ellis and Kamo's garden told the Maori myth of Ruaumoko, the God of Earthquakes.

Ellis said: "We hope to give the public an insight into the effect of Christchurch earthquakes, and a sense of the enthusiasm and motivation surrounding the rebuild and the future of the city."

The design team worked with Weta workshops to create the centrepiece of the exhibit, a 10-metre by 4.5m cave that has the ability to shake and move.

"Working with Sir Richard Taylor and the Weta team was an absolute privilege," Ellis said.

"What they achieved was beyond our wildest dreams."

The Singapore Garden Festival, which included 15 of the top show garden designers from around the world, was officially opened by Singapore President Tony Tan on Friday night.

Up to 400,000 people were expected to view the exhibits over the next nine days.

"Due to climate and finance we weren't able to ship New Zealand native plants over here so we had to use local plant material to represent a native bush scene from home," Kamo said.

"It looks fantastic and a bit of bird call audio taken from Christchurch's Port Hills gives it further meaning."

The duo, who also won various awards at the Ellerslie International Flower Show, were not sure what show they would tackle next, but Kamo said his company's main focus was on helping with the planning and design of the Christchurch rebuild.

"The priority is home, but if another show comes along, who knows," Kamo said.

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