Jun 8, 2008

Christchurch to Host Prestigious Garden Show

New Zealand’s premier garden event, the Ellerslie International Flower Show, will be hosted in Christchurch from March 2009.

The City Council purchased the Flower Show in November in 2007 for an undisclosed price. Hosting a Flower Show of this calibre will serve to further enhance Christchurch’s internationally recognised image as New Zealand’s Garden City and to celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

When the gates open for the first Christchurch-hosted event, from 11 to 15 March 2009, the Show is expected to attract similar numbers to those attending previous shows in Auckland and inject more than $14 million into the local economy annually. There will be more than 250 exhibitors and 30 garden displays.

Ellerslie International Flower Show is already recognised internationally and Christchurch will built on past successes as it works to develop Ellerslie as one of the top five flower shows in the world.

From March 2009, the five-day floral extravaganza will be held in North Hagley Park, drawing a global audience of garden designers, garden lovers and international media.

The event will champion the best of garden design, garden trends and new products – and being held in Autumn, the Show will celebrate the harvest season with a feast of food, wine and entertainment.

The Ellerslie International Flower Show 2009, as one of the most prestigious garden events in the world, is guaranteed to stimulate the senses with loads of fresh and exciting ideas to create vibrant garden spaces.

Web site: Ellerslie International Flower Show

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