Flower show tickets on sale next week

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 12:14 25/10/2011
Ellerslie Flower Show cartoon
Al Nisbet

Ellerslie Flower Show 2011 was halted by the quake just weeks before it was due to start.

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Tickets for the Ellerslie International Flower Show 2012  go on sale a week today, after a traumatic year that saw the 2011 event cancelled just weeks before to was due to start.

On February 22 the main tent for the gardening extravaganza in Hagley Park was hastily transformed into a triage and welfare centre, housing hundreds of earthquake displaced residents and tourists overnight.

While the quake saw the cancellation of this year's show, preparations are well underway for the March 7 event.

The show's general manager Dave Mee said the sale of tickets was ''a great milestone'' for the city after a harrowing year.

''We're really confident next year is going to be a fantastic event. It's going to be a bright and beautiful time in the city.''

Those who bought tickets for the cancelled 2011 event could apply before January 31 for a refund.

Alternatively, the price of the 2011 ticket could be donated to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal. Nearly $60,000 has been raised this way so far.

Christchurch residents' tickets for the 2012 event cost $22 if bought during November. Early bird tickets bought by non-Christchurch residents between November 1 and February 12 cost $29.

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