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The awards ceremony for the 7th Waipapa / Papanui - Innes Edible Garden Awards was held on Monday 25 March at 6pm and attracted more than 100 guests, members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society and elected members from the Papanui-Innes Community Board.
This year saw a plethora of beautiful and edible gardens in the annual Waipapa / Papanui - Innes Edible Garden Awards with 33 entrants in the categories of Residential House, Residential Unit, Schools and Early Learning Centres and Community Gardens. Over the last three years more than 30 entries have been received.
Chairperson Ali Jones said, “It was extremely pleasing this year to see the large number of first-time entrants and those who have previously entered, entering again and remaining committed to their gardens.”
The awards are open to any residents who live within the Papanui or Innes Wards and it is hoped that in time the awards will be held across the city.
This year once again Special Awards were given to: First Time entrant, Best Tomatoes, Best Yield, Commitment to Sustainability and the Best School Garden.
This event is a partnership between the community board and the Christchurch Horticultural Society. This year we are also honoured to have the support of Mitre 10 and Ray White in providing some lovely prizes.
Winners of the Special Awards were:
Best First Time Entrant
Winner: Margaret Patterson
Winner: Rowan Trindall
Best Yield - please note this year the award has been shared between 2 winners.
Winners: Bill and Mary Allison and Sarah Morel
Best Sustainability Features
Winners: Kees and Marisa Swanink
Best School Garden
Winner: Northcote School
Best Organic Garden
Winners: Byron and Kelly Pope