16 Jan 2020

Everyone's invited to celebrate community gardens at Grow Ō Tautahi

Community gardens

Planning is ramping-up ahead of Christchurch’s homegrown garden festival, Grow Ō Tautahi, with work well underway on a collaborative community garden exhibition for visitors to explore and play.

The Canterbury Community Gardens’ Association (CCGA) is bringing together all of the region’s 32 community gardens to create an interactive exhibition where visitors can sit on living furniture, enjoy the peace of a lush garden space, play amongst living sculptures and post photos of their adventures.

Grow Ō TautahiFestival Director Sandi MacRae says the community garden will be a real highlight.

“Grow Ō Tautahi is a homegrown festival that draws on our region’s love of gardens, creativity, innovation and design. We are absolutely focused on our local community so it’s really exciting to have all the region’s community gardens represented in one very special exhibition.

“When I first heard of the combined community garden concept, I knew people would fall in love with the idea. You’ll be able to come along, take photos of yourself on the living furniture and experience a piece of each of the individual community gardens dotted around the region. What better way to celebrate the concept of the community coming together to work in a garden and create a special place that everyone can enjoy,” Sandi says.

CCGA Chair Catherine O’Neill says community gardening is all about inclusiveness. “Whether you’re eight or 80, a community garden is a place you can wander into and find a place to that makes you feel at home. You might want to pick up a spade and get digging, or perhaps you’d rather just sit and enjoy the surroundings, whatever your pleasure, community gardens are there for everyone.

“The CCGA is so excited to be able to bring all of Canterbury’s 32 community gardens together to create a special garden that the people of Christchurch can take delight in at Grow Ō Tautahi. We’re working hard right now to grow the plants and develop a design that will be sustainable, inclusive, collaborative and fun – all the things community gardens represent,” she says.

For three days in March 2020, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens will play host to the most innovative, exciting new garden festival on the horticultural calendar – Grow Ō Tautahi. A free, homegrown festival designed specifically for the Garden City, Grow Ō Tautahi is a creative and environmentally aware event that draws on ideas from across the community.

Grow Ō Tautahi is FREEfor the public to attend and will include exhibition gardens, plants, floral displays, the community garden, schools’ gardens, workshops and panel discussions on key environmental issues, celebrity chef garden kitchen demonstrations, entertainment, food and plenty of fun for everyone.

Grow Ō Tautahi, 20-22 March 2020, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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For more information contact: Amanda Healy, pr@growotautahi.org.nz, +64 21 2388 938