Mod­ern edge

Whangarei Report - - GARDENING GARDENING -

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 PREB­BLE

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 Nurs­ery for the White Gar­den.

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