Monday, February 23, 2009

The Ellerslie International Flower Show

The Ellerslie International Flower Show is an internationally recognised brand, drawing a global audience of thousands to Christchurch for a five-day annual gardening and lifestyle extravaganza in 11-15th March.It is held at Hagley Park.

Ellerslie is a suburb in Auckland. We used to have an annual flower show we fondly called the Ellerslie flower show. However, the franchise was sold to Christchurch, much to the aghast of Aucklanders. Some were angry that they stole our show. So we had our own Auckland Flower Show.

The focus of the Show is as much about our homes and our lifestyles as it is about gardens – the plants, garden design, colour, structure and form.
Most importantly, the iconic event provides the horticultural, floral, landscape design and construction businesses with the opportunity to showcase to a global audience the best of what New Zealand has to offer.

Ellerslie has built a reputation as the annual flower show – just like the famous Chelsea Flower Show in London – which forecasts the new season’s garden design trends and plant fashions. Visitors to Ellerslie get the first chance to see the hottest new plants, colours and looks.
Ellerslie also supports the grassroots of our gardening industry with a strong focus on community involvement and special displays for floral art groups, horticultural societies and garden clubs.

The Christchurch people even invented a cocktail to mark this occasion. It is a blend of Absolut citrus and vanilla vodkas with rose water and guava.

The flowers on display will mainly be commercially planted. I post a florist decorated bunch of flowers as fitting for this occasion.

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