Helen reflects on design win
Green-thumbs with a modern twist have earned a Unitec student top honours at the Ellerslie International Flower Show.
Landscape architecture student Helen Bowen won the supreme award in the tertiary section of the show for her courtyard garden concept.
She entered a three-dimensional model of the garden, which impressed judges with its use of mirrors and spheres.
It was part of the number eight wire garden contest, which is aimed at showcasing Kiwi ingenuity.
“My design was based around reflection because the garden would only be 10 metres by 10 metres.
“The vegetation and the garden uses silver, blue and purple to create the illusion of space. I used mirrored balls on poles to give another dimension from the second floor of the home.”
Ellerslie International Flower Show exhibition manager Kate Hillier says Miss Bowen’s design was innovative.
“She used mirrors which could be moved to different angles depending on the sunlight and the weather.
“It is a very clever way of making a small garden seem bigger.”
Miss Bowen beat 30 other landscape design students to win the supreme award.
The brief asked students to design a courtyard garden for a couple in their 50s who are downsizing to an inner-city townhouse.
Dan Rutherford, a designer who judged with Ms Hillier, says he was impressed with the standard of entries.
“The spheres were glowing, they provided light and a point of interest,” he says of Miss Bowen’s entry.
“The garden was structured in a really three-dimensional way and on top of that it was how the garden interacted with the rest of the home – it was essentially an extension of the home.
“There was a visual connection and there were spaces in the garden that were tucked away.
“There were bifolding walls which could adjust how much of the garden is visible. It was quite original.”
Ian Henderson, Miss Bowen’s landscape design teach-
Winning idea: Helen Bowen picked up a top award for her courtyard garden concept.