The Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards programme is a partnership between the Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Selection of garden vegtables and fruit

Entries have closed for 2020.


  • Residential house
  • Residential unit
  • School or early learning centre
  • Community or business

Special awards

  • Best tomatoes
  • Best sustainability feature/s
  • Best organic garden
  • Best yield

Assessment criteria

  • Variety and range of plants
  • Quality and general health of plants
  • Freedom from pests/disorders/diseases
  • General presentation
  • Absence of weeds, particularly noxious
  • Innovation (use of available space)
  • Use of walls, raised beds, containers
  • Use of beneficials (flowers, herbs, companion planting)
  • Organic aspects (conversion of waste etc)
  • Crop rotation and planning

Assessment panel

Garden assessments will be undertaken by members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

It would be appreciated if entrants could take high-resolution photos of their garden from planting through to harvesting for inclusion in the photo presentation at the award ceremony.

  1. Entry is free, and open to individuals, groups, organisations, schools, early learning centres, communities, and businesses within the Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board area only.
  2. Organisers may publish the names and photographs of entrants in print and electronic media, including flyers and promotional material.
  3. Assessment panel members will visit each entrant's garden at a time to be advised in February 2020. Gardeners are encouraged to be present during the assessment.
  4. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place in February 2020. Entrants will be advised of the date.
  5. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Entrants will be invited to attend an award ceremony to be held in March or April 2020.

For more information about the 2020 Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards contact:

Noela Letufuga
Phone: 03 941 5008

For advice on setting up and growing your edible garden see:

Visit an edible garden in your local community:

  • Halswell Community Garden (Halswell Road)
  • Riccarton West Community Garden (Peverel Street)

The Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board is delighted to be hosting its inaugural Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards in 2020. We will partner with the Canterbury Horticultural Society to recognise all types of food gardens – great and small, new and established. We encourage your innovative use of space, resources, and sustainable practices, and hope that these awards inspire people to start a new project and learn something along the way.

This event is a way to acknowledge and celebrate local residents, schools and communities that are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

We invite you to take part.

Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society welcomes the Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board to the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards in 2020. Preparing your garden, planting seeds, growing vegetables and fruit successfully in your own garden is so rewarding and enables your family and friends to eat fresh, healthy vegetables and fruit regularly. More so than before, it is important to know where our food comes from. Our gardens do this for us and help us to stay fit at the same time. We always enjoy visiting the gardens each year and look forward to visiting the Edible Gardens in Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton.

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society