Flower power returns to city

Last updated 12:27 31/01/2014
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Jane Sanders

BLOOMING GREAT: The theme for this year's Festival of Flowers is Love Our Garden City.

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Vicki Anderson looks at the highlights of the upcoming Festival of Flowers.

This year the Festival of Flowers celebrates its 25th anniversary and returns to the inner city, with many events staged and installed in Cathedral Square.

The theme for the three-week festival is Love Our Garden City and events have been designed to complement this with activities from floral displays to live music and topiaries. There's also the chance to decorate your zimmer frame.

OPENING WEEKEND

Saturday, February 8, 10am- 2pm in Cathedral Square. Festival of Flowers opening ceremony and concert featuring a variety of multi-cultural live music and dance.

Sunday, February 9, 11am- 4pm, Chinese Cultural Day with colourful entertainment and traditional food.

VALENTINE'S DAY

Love One Another - Valentine's Day is on all day in Cathedral Square. Visit the Valentine's Bungalow and have your photo taken with a loved one.

LOVE OUR ELDERS

Presented by John Rhind Funeral Directors, Love Our Elders invites the community to decorate their zimmer frame, mobility scooter, walking stick or hat in Cathedral Square on February 15 from 1pm-3pm.

RIVER OF FLOWERS

The River of Flowers remembrance ceremony on the third anniversary of the 2011 earthquake at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Woodlands Bridge, February 22, 12.30-1.30pm.

A candlelight ceremony will take place that evening in Cathedral Square, 8pm-10pm.

CHILDREN'S DAY OUT

This family event in Cathedral Square on February 23, 11am- 3pm, includes a decorated bicycle parade, storytelling, live music and dance.

LOVE OUR MUSICIANS

From Monday, February 10, to Friday, February 28, Cathedral Square will be filled with wonderful noise from local musicians each day, 12.30pm-2pm.

INSTALLATIONS IN CATHEDRAL SQUARE

Chalice Floral Garden: Eiji Kawada, a senior designer from Oderings Nursery, will present a 15m diameter floral garden, complementing the Chalice to create a masterful duet.

Worlds Away: Created by Discovery 1 School, this installation is "a magical world away from the earthquakes and stress of recent years".

He Whariki, by Ranui Ngarimu: Whariki are very finely hand-crafted mats usually woven from harakeke (flax). Five whariki made from different fibres have been placed at the entrance of each festival site. Throughout the festival, artists will weave on site.

ReinCARnation: Local garden clubs will rejuvenate old cars and transform them into a feast of flowers.

Floral Bungalows: Traditional floral and Ikebana artists showcase their talents in multi- coloured floral bungalows throughout the festival.

Topiary Menagerie: Topiary animals will greet festival goers throughout Cathedral Square and Re:Start Mall. Each year the festival adds another creation to its collection and this year's new topiary is a Giant Mother Kiwi and Egg.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

New Regent Street Logo Garden: Wander New Regent St and see the colourful New Regent Street Logo Garden.

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A Retrospective Exhibition: Twenty-five years of Festival of Flowers presented by Patricia Proctor and Elaine Alexander at the Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square. This is a major display of historical Festival of Flowers images. This location is particularly poignant as for 22 years, pre-2011 quakes, the Festival of Flowers Floral Carpet was located in ChristChurch Cathedral.

Enchanted Gardens Art Exhibition: CPIT Rakaia Centre, Madras St, February 15-28. New Zealand artists present art in a variety of mediums, including paintings, jewellery, glassworks, photography, sculpture and installations. Open weekdays 10am-5pm, weekends 11am-4pm.

THE DETAILS:

The 2014 Festival of Flowers opens on February 8. See festivalofflowers.co.nz for full information.

- The Press

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