The 2018 New Zealand Flower and Garden Show is being held for a second time at West Auckland’s The Trusts Arena from November 28 to December 2. Visitors will be offered the chance to experience award-winning garden exhibits, feature floral art installations and displays, indulge in a spot of retail therapy and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Here we feature one of the exhibitors:
Chris worked in illustration, photography and graphic design before a life-long passion for plants and desire to create gardens led her to retrain in landscaping in 2012.
She is formally trained in botany, art history and landscaping, and owns Wellingtonbased award-winning landscape design company Mosaic Design.
Chris aims to create beautiful and functional outdoor spaces with a contemporary edge. She highlights a point of difference in her gardens as the use of design features including steelwork, stone mosaics or espaliers.
She designs structures using steel in almost every garden she creates as either edging, climbing frames or a pergola.
“I don’t think I have a fixed style. My gardens are all quite different from each other. I have worked on semi-formal traditional gardens as well as contemporary gardens. The most important thing is to create a tranquil haven the owners can be proud of and truly love being in,” Chris says.
Chris has been involved with numerous garden shows nationally and internationally.
She received gold and supreme awards for her exhibit designed with Rachael Matthews at the 2013 Ellerslie International Flower Show.
She also assisted the Hillier Nurseries plant staging team at the famed UK-based Chelsea Flower Show in 2014. Chris helped to create two gardens, the White Garden and the Bee Garden. She describes the event as the highlight of her horticultural career.
Chris’ inspiration for her exhibit at this year’s New Zealand Flower & Garden Show, designed alongside Katrina Christison, comes from the concept of pollination and the idea of growing wild or naturalistic plants in an urban setting.
“The idea of growing plants to attract pollinators isn’t new — it’s the way our grandparents gardened by following sustainable and organic principles. Our show garden is our contemporary version of that.”
A garden by Chris Prebble featuring stone mosaic set in CorTen steel.
Chris Prebble was involved with the planting team at Hilliers