Top award to Gardens team

KEEN VISTORS: A crowd gathers ahead of Ellerslie Flower Show gates opening this morning.
KEEN VISTORS: A crowd gathers ahead of Ellerslie Flower Show gates opening this morning.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Dan and Alex Rutherford.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Dan and Alex Rutherford.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Ron & Nicki Van Derlem sit on a 5.5 metre bronze salty in the - My Outback Oasis- design.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Ron & Nicki Van Derlem sit on a 5.5 metre bronze salty in the - My Outback Oasis- design.
IN DEMAND: The line of waiting visitors snakes around Hagley Park on Ellerslie Flower Show's opening day.
IN DEMAND: The line of waiting visitors snakes around Hagley Park on Ellerslie Flower Show's opening day.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Christchurch Apprentice Florist  Laurel Hunt of Moffatt Flowers.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Christchurch Apprentice Florist Laurel Hunt of Moffatt Flowers.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. 1914.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. 1914.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. St James School.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. St James School.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Billy goat Landscape Architecture.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Billy goat Landscape Architecture.
Sir Miles Warren judging an entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.
Sir Miles Warren judging an entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Tai Tapu School Garden.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Tai Tapu School Garden.
Ellerslie Flower Show. GOLD Winner. Exhibition Garden by Outright Landscape Design from Dunedin. Emily McEwan.
Ellerslie Flower Show. GOLD Winner. Exhibition Garden by Outright Landscape Design from Dunedin. Emily McEwan.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Passion. Three year old Isla Hastie explores Sally Browns pink garden called -Pas
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Passion. Three year old Isla Hastie explores Sally Browns pink garden called -Pas
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Paul Hervey-Brookes & Yealands Family Wines.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. Paul Hervey-Brookes & Yealands Family Wines.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Outdoor Space. Sticks and Stones to Rest my Bones. Husband and wife Aaron Bartlett and Vicky.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Outdoor Space. Sticks and Stones to Rest my Bones. Husband and wife Aaron Bartlett and Vicky.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. St James School.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. St James School.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Ben Hoyle. Under my Umbrella.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Ben Hoyle. Under my Umbrella.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Can Do from Davis Ogilvie and Partners Ltd.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Can Do from Davis Ogilvie and Partners Ltd.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Ben Hoyle. Under my Umbrella.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Ben Hoyle. Under my Umbrella.
Ellerslie International Flower Show gold medallist, Tai Tapu School Garden.
Ellerslie International Flower Show gold medallist, Tai Tapu School Garden.
Exhibition Garden by Outdoor Space. Sticks and Stones to Rest my Bones. Husband and wife Aaron Bartlett and Vicky.
Exhibition Garden by Outdoor Space. Sticks and Stones to Rest my Bones. Husband and wife Aaron Bartlett and Vicky.
School Garden Gold Winner. Chisnalwood Intermmediate. Amelia MacDonald 12 and Liam Cain 12.
School Garden Gold Winner. Chisnalwood Intermmediate. Amelia MacDonald 12 and Liam Cain 12.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Greening The Rubble. Gina Payne pictured.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Greening The Rubble. Gina Payne pictured.
Ellerslie Flower Show. GOLD Winner. Exhibition Garden by Outright Landscape Design from Dunedin. Emily McEwan.
Ellerslie Flower Show. GOLD Winner. Exhibition Garden by Outright Landscape Design from Dunedin. Emily McEwan.
Floral Art Gold Winner.The Secret Garden by Laura McKenzie.
Floral Art Gold Winner.The Secret Garden by Laura McKenzie.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Bayley LuuTomes.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Bayley LuuTomes.
Emerging Designer Gold Winner. Jordan Hampson (L) Sheldon Barnett (R).
Emerging Designer Gold Winner. Jordan Hampson (L) Sheldon Barnett (R).
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden called Passion by Sally Brown.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden called Passion by Sally Brown.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by H and S Designs 'Take Rest'.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by H and S Designs 'Take Rest'.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Ben Hoyle. Under my Umbrella.
Ellerslie Flower Show. Exhibition Garden by Ben Hoyle. Under my Umbrella.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. West Eyreton Primary School.
Ellerslie International Flower Show media day, for Gardening page. West Eyreton Primary School.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is BeCanz from Beca Ltd.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is BeCanz from Beca Ltd.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Fletcher EQR Technical Team.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Fletcher EQR Technical Team.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Liquefaction Action from City Care.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Liquefaction Action from City Care.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is The Canisters from SCIRT 1st.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is The Canisters from SCIRT 1st.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.Team Name is Ministry of Canstruction from Opus International Consultants/Portacom NZ/Leighs Construction.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.Team Name is Ministry of Canstruction from Opus International Consultants/Portacom NZ/Leighs Construction.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Canterbury Rebuild from Fulton Hogan NZ.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Canterbury Rebuild from Fulton Hogan NZ.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Downer Creative Canstruction from Downer New Zealand.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is Downer Creative Canstruction from Downer New Zealand.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.Team Name is Creative Canstruction from McConnell Dowell Constructors.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.Team Name is Creative Canstruction from McConnell Dowell Constructors.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is The New Royals from Isaac Theatre Royal Rebuild Team/RCP/Warren and Mahoney/Holmes Consulting/Naylor Love/Hang Up.
Entry in the Canstruction Contest with cans going to the City Mission. On display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park. Team Name is The New Royals from Isaac Theatre Royal Rebuild Team/RCP/Warren and Mahoney/Holmes Consulting/Naylor Love/Hang Up.
Ellerslie flower show being built. 'A gentlemans playground'. 
Duncan Reed working on the project.
Ellerslie flower show being built. 'A gentlemans playground'. Duncan Reed working on the project.
Ellerslie prep. Elizabeth de Lima (8) from West Eyreton school working on their graden at Ellerslie flower show.
Ellerslie prep. Elizabeth de Lima (8) from West Eyreton school working on their graden at Ellerslie flower show.

The judges were divided, but for the second time since the Ellerslie Flower Show came to Christchurch the city council's Botanic Gardens team has won the Judges' Supreme Award.

The Hort Galore entry, Burn After Reading, also won the Supreme Design Award and a gold medal in its category - one of 15 awarded at this year's show.

Chief judge Andy Sturgeon said the panel of three judges was split on awarding the Supreme Award. Two voted for Burn After Reading, with the third voting for Laura McKenzie's floral art entry, double-gold medal winner The Secret Garden.

"It was very close," he said. "The rest of the judging is very precise, but this award, this is the one your heart goes into."

Burn After Reading was a small garden put together by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens team under the guidance of team leader Jeremy Hawker.

The team has a long history of success at Ellerslie having taken home a string of gold medals, and the Judges' Supreme Award in 2010.

This year's entry pitted fire against water and was themed around burning matches.

Sturgeon said the judging panel could find nothing wrong with the winning entry and liked it because it did not require a long-winded pamphlet to explain it.

Sally Brown won the Supreme Horticultural Excellence Award for her garden, Passion, which included more than 100 pink plant varieties.

Last year's top emerging designer, Bayley LuuTomes, won the Supreme Lighting Award and this year's Student Designer of the Year was Wintec graduate Jordan Hampson.

Six-time gold medal winner and 2012 People's Choice winner Ben Hoyle was awarded silver distinction this year.

Hoyle's garden, Under my Umbrella, recalled the feeling of sanctuary for the earthquake victims who rushed to Hagley Park for safety and were supported by those designers still setting up for the 2011 show.

The imported multi-coloured umbrellas lit up Hoyle's corner of the park and he was rewarded with the Supreme Construction Award.

Last year's Supreme Judges' Award and Supreme Design Award winner H&S Design collected a silver medal in its category and a silver distinction medal for lighting.

Only two gold medals were awarded to exhibition gardens - Emily McEwan's Outside the Box and Aaron and Vicky Bartlett's Sticks and Stones to Rest My Bones.

Both designs were first-time entries and were aimed at the backyard gardener.

In the new School Garden category, Tai Tapu Primary School, Lyttelton Main School, Chisnallwood Intermediate and West Eyreton School all won gold.

The show opens to the public today at 10am and thousands are expected to attend the first day.

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