Power of pol­li­na­tion

Whangarei Report - - GARDENING -

At the 2018 NZ Flower and Gar­den Show from Novem­ber 28 to De­cem­ber 2, vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence award-win­ning gar­den ex­hibits, gush over flo­ral art dis­plays, in­dulge in a spot of re­tail ther­apy and en­joy gourmet food and bev­er­ages. Here we fea­ture one of the ex­hibitors:

KA­T­RINA CHRISTISON has trav­elled the world to work along­side award-win­ning gar­den de­sign­ers.

She is the face be­hind gar­den main­te­nance and de­sign com­pany Tidy Gar­dens, which she set up af­ter study­ing hor­ti­cul­ture at Grow­ing Spec­trum. Tidy Gar­dens is re­spon­si­ble for the 200 hang­ing bas­kets down the main street in Otoro­hanga, and more than 150 res­i­den­tial gar­dens.

Christison has worked with Kiwi and in­ter­na­tional top de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing Xan­the White and Ben Hoyle, at the Eller­slie In­ter­na­tional Flower Show, Ja­pan Gar­den­ing World Cup, Sin­ga­pore Gar­den­ing Show and last year’s in­au­gu­ral, New Zealand Flower and Gar­den Show.

For the past five years, Christison has been flown to the UK to be part of multi-gold medal win­ner Jo Thomp­son’s team at the Chelsea Flower Show.

“Hav­ing worked along­side some of the best de­sign­ers in the world has taught me how plants in­ter­act with each other, and how im­por­tant it is to un­der­stand what a home owner wants from their out­door space — there is never a plant­ing plan, only a pal­ette! The knowl­edge I have gained has truly given me the con­fi­dence to help cre­ate gar­dens that my clients will love.”

Of her ex­hibit for this year’s New Zealand Flower and Gar­den Show, Ka­t­rina is cre­at­ing a gar­den for pol­li­na­tors, along­side co-de­signer Chris Preb­ble. “Our ex­hibit will in­clude a mix of peren­ni­als, an­nu­als and plant­ing com­bi­na­tions that vis­i­tors will hope­fully want to recre­ate in their own gar­dens!”

At Chelsea 2015, Ka­t­rina Christison was part of Jo Thomp­son’s plant­ing team for her sil­ver gilt-win­ning gar­den.

Christison led the plant­ing team for Fisher Tom­lin and Bowyer on their gar­den at Hamp­ton Court Flower Show 2017.

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