Kapiti Observer : January 14th 2013
5 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 14, 2013 5045488AA * FREE making Plus FREE installation of drapes and tracks resumes on January 7th ANNUAL FURNITURE SALE ON FROM JANUARY 7th UNTIL 31st (Our Once A Year Sale) ~ ALL STOCK REDUCED BETWEEN 15% - 50% ~ No Exceptions Cushions ~ Settees ~ Accessories ~ Coffee Tables ~ Bookcases ~ Hall Tables ~ Chairs, etc. ~ All Stock Reduced! Quality Furniture & Furnishings Quality Furniture & Furnishings Phone (04) 298 5927 for FREE MEASURE and QUOTE or call at 17 Seaview Road PARAPARAUMU BEACH This offer applies to all lined and thermal drapes Just phone and we will call! Garden designer flat out with entry First plants: Ben Hoyle with fennel plants, which will be among the more traditional plants in his Ellerslie showcase, also featuring brightly coloured new release plants and flowering perennials. Grand design: Ben Hoyle's show garden plan, featuring a water garden, with a floating vine-like pathway, a sunken lounge and gardens, and floating red ''flowers''. By RANDALL WALKER A floating garden combining French formal elegance with natu- ral New Zealand design will be one of the main attractions at this year's Ellerslie International Flower Show. Multi-award winning Kapiti designer Ben Hoyle will exhibit for a ninth time at the show, with a late entry in the Exhibition Gar- dens section after being lured back by organisers late last year. Hoyle said a year is preferable for planning and designing a show garden, but he has less than two months, with the build starting in Christchurch's Hagley Park in mid-February. Yet he has gone big'' with his design, doubling the usual space to a 20 metre by 10m plan. He has aligned his vision for a structured French parterre gar- den on water with the French his- tory of Banks Peninsula town Akaroa, a nod to the Canterbury region hosting the show. Parterre gardens are known for their edgings often of clipped hedges. But instead of doing buxus [hedges] what we're doing is com- pletely covering the site in black water and running a creeping rata vine over the top that looks like it's floating on the water. It's called A French kiss in Akaroa, and the whole idea is it's this influence of the French in Akaroa and what happens when you fuse a French style that's very formal with a New Zealand style which tends to be very natural.'' He will construct a half-metre high, 20m by 10m wooden garden and fill it with water, blackened with coffee. The vine'' will be con- structed from plywood and covered in artificial turf, to resemble hedging, all set on the water line. You'll be able to walk along the first part of that rata vine and actually step off into what I call a lounge pit space which basically means you are sitting below the water line and can look across it.'' The sunken lounge, about 2.5m in diameter and able to seat six people, will be covered in turf and cushions. There will also be float- ing islands of plants'' coming off the vine, filled with flowering perennials, new release and tra- ditional plants. With Hoyle, 35, having won four gold medals at Ellerslie since first entering as a 21-year-old in 1999, his is bound to be a crowd pleaser, and he would love to score the coveted people's choice award for the sec- ond year in a row. This year's design has similarities to last year's gold medal winner, an outdoor space shaped like a giant lily floating on black water. He has requested a location near Victoria Lake. With the gar- den framed down both sides with two rows of 20 three-metre-high pencil conifers'', the viewer will look along the water garden to the lake. The Ellerslie show runs from March 6 to 10.
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