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A premiere of a ‘leafy’ kind at the Ellerslie International Flower Show will include a new plant that should make Christchurch people feel even more a part of this world class event.
The Alstroemeria ‘Rock & Roll’ will line up alongside thirteen other stunning plants in ‘Show Offs’; a selection of plants new to the garden scene, presented by Go Gardening (the “public face” of the Nursery and Garden Industry Association).
Christchurch-based Nursery & Garden Industry Association (NGIA) president and Zealandia Horticulture Managing Director, Vince Wylaars, says there will be something for everyone.
“From the spectacular Cordyline ‘Cha Cha’ with foliage that changes colour as it grows, through to the beautiful purple leafed ‘Mabel’ nectarine tree, these new plants will appeal to a wide range of visitors to Ellerslie. Of course,” he adds, “the spectacular Alstroemeria ‘Rock & Roll’ has taken on a new meaning this year and it is perfect for picking and will strike a pose in any vase.”
Mr Wylaars says the ‘Bumble Bee’ Petunia is particularly unusual and should attract a great deal of interest. “It’s just so different. In a pot it looks especially dramatic and eye catching.”
The NGIA president also highlights the Scabiosa ‘Crimson Clouds’ with pin cushion flowers which are stunning, and the Coprosmo ‘Inferno’ with glossy, evergreen foliage and bright red, burgundy, gold
and dark green foliage.
“We are always looking for new and exciting plants to present to the public, NGIA nurserymen and retailers have definitely achieved that this year,” he says.
The fourteen ‘Show Offs’ will be on display and can be purchased from Go Gardening retailers (listed at www.gogardening.co.nz). One lucky person will win a selection of this unique collection of ‘Show Offs’ by entering a competition at www.gogardening.co.nz between 1-12 March 2012. The competition prize will offer a selection of the ‘Show Off’ plants as exhibited at Ellerslie. Terms and conditions apply – see gogardening.co.nz for details.
NGIA’s Vince Wylaars says that with the Ellerslie International Flower Show cancelled following the February earthquakes in 2011, perhaps the ‘Rock & Roll’ will be the big hit this year at the show which runs from March 7-11, 2012 in Christchurch.