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ellerslieflowershow-tickets2.jpgWhether you’re one of thousands heading to Christchurch this week or, like me, you’ve been left behind to hold down the fort (or mow the lawns!), the Ellerslie International Flower Show 2012 is all set to bloom, starting tomorrow!

With the gates set to open, organisers expect it will be: "one of the biggest and the best " shows in the event’s 16 year history.

Show managing director, Dave Mee, says the quality of the exhibition gardens and horticultural exhibits is the strongest he has seen in years.

"It is fantastic that we have been able to create such a sensational show for 2012. There are more than 80 horticultural exhibits sites and more than a quarter of a million plants of display. The strong emphasis
is on lots of colour and flowers."

Dave says a number of designers who entered last year will return to complete exhibits damaged during the February 2011 earthquake.

"Designers had already been on site for eight days (when the earthquake struck) and their exhibits were toppled and their sites filled with liquefaction.  Many of these designers are back with the gardens they were creating last year, while others have created a new design to respond to the changing environment and look to the future."

The international gold award-winning garden from the Singapore Garden Festival - The Last Australian Garden - is expected to draw crowds. Gardens by previous Ellerslie gold medal winners, Xanthe White, Tim Feather, Ben Hoyle and the Canterbury Horticultural Society will also feature.

Dave says this year’s brief:  to design an inner city garden for the future of Christchurch, has encouraged diverse and adventurous designs.

“I’m sure local residents will be excited about what they see,” he says, “there will be something to appeal to everyone's taste"

The 2012 Ellerslie International Flower Show will also feature:

- Costume artist Jenny Gillies’ Wonderland of Wearable Flowers
- Last year's Supreme Award winner (Christchurch Botanic Gardens) presenting and exhibit with an abandoned film set theme
- The Solid Energy Emerging Designers category, with 10 young designers competing for the title of EIFS Student Designer of the Year.
- The Floral Art Marquee with its Passion for Fashion-themed displays and Young Florist of the Year competition
- The Zealandia Horticultural National Flower Bed competition

For more details, simply follow the links below and you’ll be in the know, about how it grows, when you go, to the show!

New Zealand's biggest flower show set to bloom

Ellerslie International Flower Show tickets on sale

Wildflowers to flourish at Ellerslie

Ellerslie preparations ‘growing’ good

Love by design

Christchurch designer’s growing hope

Future good as gold for Ellerslie

Debut garden more than a ‘pipe dream’

Aussie garden set to ‘last’ the distance

The ‘French’ are coming!

Northern ideas growing south

‘Fitting’ flowers on show

Traditional flowers to steal the limelight at Ellerslie

Gardening (poetry) in motion

Green future for garden city

Debut designer follows his... rose!

A garden of two halves

Budding design students compete for title

National honours for the ‘picking’

Also check our Garden Events section for more Ellerslie news as it comes to hand.