Back­yard boys

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Har­ri­son

Putting to­gether a flower show is a job of­ten left to adults.

But a group of Waikowhai In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dents are mak­ing sure kids are well rep­re­sented this year.

They have de­signed and built a gar­den for the For­est and Bird dis­play at the Auck­land Flower Show, which starts to­mor­row.

The gar­den is called Kids Nat­u­rally, and is a back­yard with a Ki­wiana and na­tive New Zealand theme.

It fea­tures a pond in the shape of the North Is­land, a tani­wha sculp­ture and a koru-shaped path.

A group of six boys have been work­ing on the gar­den for the past term.

Their teacher Kent Simp­son says it has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for them.

“It’s given them the abil­ity to de­sign, while dig­ging holes and learn­ing about trees,” he says.

“There has been a lot of hard work and every­one has per­se­vered well.”

The group work­ing on the gar­den exhibit is made up of Nimish Thomas, Neeraj Ku­mar, Peter Horner, Wayne Huang, Colin Zhang and Liam Arthur.

The boys were cho­sen to de­sign and build the gar­den af­ter For­est and Bird ap­proached the school.

Auck­land field of­fi­cer Nick Bev­eridge says For­est and Bird wanted to cre­ate the idea of a Kiwi back gar­den for their exhibit in the show.

“And we thought who bet­ter to do that than kids?” he says.

The boys have used na­tive New Zealand plants to cre­ate the gar­den and hope it will at­tract birds, in­sects and other na­tive wildlife.

The gar­den has also been made with fu­ture­proof re­sources to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity and min­i­mal im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Neeraj says the gar­den show­cases as­pects of art, cul­ture and green­ery in New Zealand.

He says it has been fun to put to­gether.

“It took a while at first agree­ing on a plan for the gar­den, but with some help from our teacher we got mo­ti­vated,” he says.

“It has been a good ex­pe­ri­ence and we en­joyed the dig­ging and de­sign­ing.”

Mr Bev­eridge says the gar­den will help to at­tract younger mem­bers to For­est and Bird.

The Auck­land Flower Show will be held at Alexan­dra Park from to­mor­row un­til Sun­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.the­flower


Keen gardeners: Clock­wise from left: Teacher Kent Simp­son, Wayne Huang, Colin Zhang, Liam Arthur, Peter Horner, Neeraj Ku­mar and Nimish Thomas from Waikowhai In­ter­me­di­ate with part of a gar­den they have built for the Auck­land Flower Show.

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