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Planning is ramping-up ahead of the homegrown garden festival, Grow Ō Tautahi, run by the Canterbury Community Gardens’ Association (CCGA).
For three days in March, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens will host to the free festival, which will bring together the city's community gardens to create an interactive exhibition where visitors can sit on living furniture, enjoy lush garden spaces, play among living sculptures and post photos of their adventures.
Other exhibition gardens, plants, floral displays, school gardens, workshops, panel discussions on key environmental issues, celebrity chef garden kitchen demonstrations, entertainment and food will also be part of the festival.
Festival director Sandi MacRae says the community garden will be a real highlight.
"Grow Ō Tautahi is a homegrown festival that draws on our region’s love of gardens, creativity, innovation and design.
"We are absolutely focused on our local community so it’s really exciting to have all the region’s community gardens represented in one very special exhibition.
"When I first heard of the combined community garden concept, I knew people would fall in love with the idea.
"You’ll be able to come along, take photos of yourself on the living furniture and experience a piece of each of the individual community gardens dotted around the region.
"What better way to celebrate the concept of the community coming together to work in a garden and create a special place that everyone can enjoy," Ms MacRae said
CCGA chairwoman Catherine O’Neill says community gardening is all about inclusiveness.
"Whether you’re eight or 80, a community garden is a place you can wander into and find a place that makes you feel at home.
"You might want to pick up a spade and get digging, or perhaps you’d rather just sit and enjoy the surroundings, whatever your pleasure, community gardens are there for everyone."