He­len re­flects on de­sign win

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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.

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