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Wellington student wins top award for rooftop garden at Ellerslie flower show

News from Ellerslie International Flower Show
Young Wellington designer Bayley LuuTomes has been named student of the year at the Ellerslie International Flower Show, with a rooftop garden inspired by Mondrian. This is the top award in the Emerging Designs competition, in which nine entrants designed and built a rooftop garden for hosting and entertaining guests.

For Bayley LuuTomes, Ellerslie has been the chance to demonstrate all the skills that he has learned since giving up his career in the advertising industry to pursue his passion for landscape design.

Judges said Bayley’s work stood out because of both its “great use of space and materials and its faultless construction”.

“My gardening style has been grafted with my eye for design,” says Bayley, who set up his own company, BLT Designs, in October last year.

Called ‘Living Art’ the multifunction garden features a glass bridge, coloured glass pergola and moving mirror image from Metro Glasstech, an outdoor TV from H2OTV, and new plant releases from Gardening Solutionz. Designed so that people can entertain in many different ways, the garden easily transforms into several different layouts.

Bayley LuuTomes, who has enjoyed success at local gardening shows, says he wanted to create a multifunctional garden and found inspiration in the works of famous Dutch painter Pieter Mondrian.

“The design is based on simple harmonies, straight lines, right angles and primary colours,” says Bayley LuuTomes.

The Emerging Designs – Student of the Year competition was open to all students of landscape, design and horticulture and provides an opportunity for them to demonstrate their design flare.

News from Ellerslie International Flower Show – March 5

Three Wellington-designed gardens are among the eight gardens that have won gold medals at this year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show. The overall quality of the gardens at the Show have impressed the judging panel, but they singled out eight gardens for particular praise, awarding them each a prestigious gold medal.

Those gardens were designed by Christchurch designers Rebecca Hammond and Grant Stephens (H & S Landscapes); Weta Workshop’s The Gloaming creator Johnny Fraser-Allan with Andy Ellis and Danny Kamo; UK designers Harfleet + Fisher Tomlin + Harfleet; Auckland City Council; CPIT Bachelor of Architectural Studies students; Christchurch’s Terra Viva; Wellington landscape design student Bayley LuuTomes and Wellington designer Ben Hoyle (Blue Gecko).

Singled out for Silver Distinction medals were Auckland designers Adam Shuter and Tony Murrell (Shuter Design and Murrell Group), Christchurch designers Jay Van Lent and Stephen Mapletoft (ARKO) and Otorohanga Council.

Silver medals went to Kapiti Coast children from Raumati South Primary School and Christchurch landscaper Scott Fletcher (Insero Design), Lincoln University’s Ryan Morton, Asburton District Council and a second team of CPIT Bachelor of Architectural Studies students.

Hort Galore gold medals this year were awarded to Christchurch Woodturners’ Association for their Alice’s Adventures in Woodland: After the tea party, the NZ Alpine Society and the Christchurch Bonsai Society. Floral Art Gold went to Annika Horgan, from Nectar in Tai Tapu.

Convenor of Judges Andrew Fisher Tomlin (who was not involved in the judging of his own gardens), from Britain says the top awards this year have come from a wide variety of exhibits.

“There is no distinct theme this year, each designer has followed their own heart. We have a vastly diverse range, from gardens like Revolutionising Reuse with amazing recycled elements, to sophisticated and slick gardens like Modern Day Moa.

“I am very impressed by the big ideas and simple messages this year’s designers are showing at Ellerslie. They demonstrate a deep understanding of core design values, as well as high quality material finish and horticultural excellence.”

Fisher Tomlin, who has just been named garden designer of the year at Britain’s New Home Gardens Awards has high-calibre international credentials. He is a director of the London College of Garden Design and sits on the selection panel for the Chelsea Flower Show.

“I am a firm believer in new designers leading the way and with so many innovative new takes on gardens at Ellerslie this year I can see people saying “I never expected that, but I could do it at home.”

“Ellerslie’s variety really will wow visitors this year – and the next generation of garden professionals.”

Exhibition garden results: EXHIBITION GARDENS

• Creative Courtyard – Kevin Gillespie (GLD, Manawatu) – Merit
• Our sustainable schoolyard – Raumati South School – Kapiti Coast – Silver
• ARKO (Jay Van Lent and Stephen Mapletoft) – Silver Distinction
• A French Kiss in Akaroa – Ben Hoyle (Blue Gecko, Wellington) – Gold
• Sometimes you need to see what’s behind you – Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Tom & Paul Harfleet (UK) – Gold
• Sometimes you need to see what’s above you – Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Tom & Paul Harfleet (UK) – Bronze
• Floating in Transition – Scott Fletcher (Insero Design, Christchurch) – Silver
• Modern Day Moa – Adam Shuter & Tony Murrell (Auckland) – Silver Distinction
• Revolutionising Reuse – Grant Stephens & Rebecca Stewart (H & S Design, Christchurch) – Gold

• Casa Viva – Terra Viva, Christchurch – Gold

• Wind of change – Gislinde Folkherts – Merit
• Snow to low levels- Marion Partridge – Merit
• Flowers always inspire – Megan Parker – Silver
• New shoots, new life – Lien Wong Florist – Merit


• North Otago Floral Art – Silver Distinction
• O Frosty Morn – Annette Waller and Liz Chapman – Bronze
• The elements prevail – F & M Floral Art – Bronze
• Lightening strikes – Jenny Harris and Heather Sibley – Silver Distinction
• Jan Osbourne – Merit
• Avon Floral Art Club – Merit
• Three x Three – Marion, Carol and Relda – Silver
• Element of Nature – Bloomers Lois Holdoway and Hannah Braid – Bronze
• Cashmere Gallery – Bronze
• Rainbow Tornado – Annika Horgan, Nectar Florist – Gold

• Hollie Sarten, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland – Silver Distinction
• Tetaake Itinteang, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland – Merit
• Aimee Andrews, Nature’s Florist, Wellington – Silver
• Anastasia Harris, Central City Flowers, Christchurch – Bronze
• Jessica Mills, Lovells Flowers 4 You, Hawera – Bronze


• Sit back and relax – Christchurch Beautifying Association – Bronze
• Back in time – Canterbury Rhododendron Society – Silver
• Alice in Wonderland – Christchurch Woodturners Association – Gold
• Colour up – Canterbury Horticultural Society – Merit
• Plant portraits – NZ Alpine Garden Society – Gold
• Gender garden – NZ Garden Trust Silver Distinction
• Show-offs – Go Gardening NZ (NGINZ) – Bronze
• Songpa Gu Sister City Committee – Bronze

Ellerslie International Flower Show is in North Hagley Park from 6 to 10 March. For more information: www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz.

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