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 show.co.nz.
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.