Flower show gets ap­proval

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

The Auck­land Flower Show com­ing to Ep­som in Novem­ber has been given the tick of ap­proval.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil, the New­mar­ket Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and the gar­den­ing in­dus­try’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive body have all sig­nalled their com­mit­ment to the suc­cess of the flower show at Alexandra Park.

Mayor John Banks says the easy ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the venue makes it ideal for both vis­i­tors and Auck­lan­ders.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to as­sist­ing in a suc­cess­ful en­deav­our for the ben­e­fit of Auck­land and New Zealand,” he says.

Nurs­ery and Gar­den In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Peter Fraser says it fully sup­ports the event which will pro­mote “gar­den­ing and hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­tries to a large au­di­ence in Auck­land”.

He is also pleased with the fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards. Or­gan­is­ers have es­tab­lished sus­tain­abil­ity guide­lines that will ap­ply to all facets of the event’s op­er­a­tions.

Ex­hibitors will also be en­cour­aged to in­te­grate sus­tain­abil­ity prin­ci­ples into gar­den de­signs.

The New­mar­ket Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing to the Chelsea Flower Show in Eng­land for ideas on how the shop­ping dis­trict can tie it­self in with the show.

“One idea could be to en­cour­age re­tail­ers to cre­ate beau­ti­ful flo­ral dis­plays in their shop win­dows,” gen­eral man­ager Cameron Brewer says.

“One thing’s for sure – we want to link New­mar­ket in with this event and hence we’re de­lighted that a flower show of this cal­i­bre has re­turned to cen­tral Auck­land.”

The show will be from Novem­ber 20 to 23.

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