Party dresses from the gar­den De­sign­ers raid their gar­dens

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

Lynne and Peter Newell, the own­ers of Gar­den Edge in Haw­era, say they were de­lighted with the qual­ity of en­tries into their re­cent dress com­pe­ti­tion.

Lynne says she had the idea for the com­pe­ti­tion in her head for some years, and de­cided this year it was time to put it into ac­tion. Timed to co­in­cide with the Pow­erco Taranaki Gar­den Fes­ti­val and the Taranaki Fringe Gar­den Fes­ti­val, the com­pe­ti­tion asked en­trants to cre­ate a life-size party dress out of flora and fauna.

“It was great to be able to show­case the amaz­ing tal­ent we have in the area,” says Lynne. She says en­trants came from all over the re­gion as well as from Whanganui.

With such an “un­be­liev­able stan­dard” of en­tries, Lynne says she and Peter were de­lighted to have Marie Tong, a milliner from Oka­iawa, judge the en­tries. The win­ners were an­nounced on Fri­day evening and the en­tries re­main on dis­play at Gar­den Edge un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 4.

FAR LEFT: Judy Lane’s win­ning en­try used pa­per bark, flax flow­ers, New Zealand wool, fur, lichen and roots.LEFT: Grace McCul­lum and Maddi Bradley cre­ated a de­sign us­ing suc­cu­lents and flow­ers.

ABOVE: Linn Vin­cent’s en­try was a lac­quered leaf bodice with fern and pea­cock feath­ers.

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