General Manager for the Show, Dave Mee, says with a watering contingency plan in place, exhibitors are preparing their gardens and the Show will go ahead as scheduled for March 7 – 11.
“The recent aftershocks have not disrupted our plans. We’re lucky to have a big open park as our venue, which means there’s low risk of damage or other earthquake-related disturbances affecting our plans.
“This year’s Show is gearing up to be a really exciting one for locals with a number of gardens that will represent the future of Christchurch as it is rebuilt. There will also be an influx of flowers and colour to create an atmosphere that is sure to brighten the mood of quake-weary Christchurch residents,” says Dave.
While the ongoing aftershocks are likely to have minimal impact on the Show, organisers are conscious of the level three water restrictions currently in place across Christchurch and the risk of a full outdoor watering ban.
“We are monitoring the water situation in Christchurch and will adapt our plans for outdoor watering depending on how things go. At a minimum we will be adhering to the level three restrictions if they are still required in March.
“We’re working closely with the Council and we have plans in place for getting water elsewhere if needed,” says Dave.
For more information about this year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show and to purchase tickets, visit www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz
Images (top to bottom): Four Play - Silver Medal Winner 2010; Peace by Piece - Silver Distinction Medal Winner 2010; Incredible Edibles - Silver Distinction 2010; and Sei Sei Tei II - Gold Medal Winner 2010.