The Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards programme is a partnership between the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Selection of garden vegtables and fruit

Entries have closed for 2020.

The Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board and The Canterbury Horticultural Society would like to congratulate all of the participants of the 2020 Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Edible & Sustainable Garden Awards.

Residential House

  • Carol Anderson
  • Dave Bryce
  • Nancy Meherne
  • John Norton
  • Penny Reid
  • Rosemary Neave & Cynthia Roberts
  • Lloyd Smith
  • Joy Talbot

Residential Unit

  • Camille Sheriff
  • John Kenny
  • Tua Lee
  • Catherine O’Shaughnessy

School or Early Learning Centre

  • Te Waka Unua School
  • Bromley School
  • Phillipstown Kidsfirst Kindergarten

Community or Business

  • Linwood Community Gardens, Linwood Resource Centre
  • Richmond Community Garden
  • Roimata Food Commons
  • C1 Espresso
  • Cultivate Christchurch

Special Award winners

The Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board and The Canterbury Horticultural Society would also like to take this opportunity to recognise the Special Award winners.

The calibre of the gardens was extremely high this year which made the job of the assessors very tough.

Best First-Time Entrants

  • Camille Sheriff

Best Tomatoes

  • John Kenny

Best Sustainability Features

  • Dave Bryce

Best Organic Garden

  • John Norton

Best Yield

  • Joy Talbot

Congratulations and we’re looking forward to seeing you again, along with new faces next year.


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

Special awards

  • Best first-time entrant's garden
  • 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 Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board area only.
  2. Previous entrants and award winners are eligible to enter.
  3. Organisers may publish the names and photographs of entrants in print and electronic media, including flyers and promotional material.
  4. 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.
  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 Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards contact:

Emily Carlton
Phone: 03 941 6364

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

Visit an edible garden in your local community:

  • Christchurch South Community Gardens (Strickland Street)
  • Mt Pleasant Community Centre Garden
  • Phillipstown Hub Community Garden
  • Richmond Community Garden
  • Roimata Food Commons (Radley Park)
  • Smith Street Gardens (Linwood)
  • Sumner Community Gardens/Sumner van-Asch

After the success of our first year, the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board is delighted to again partner with the Canterbury Horticultural Society in the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards in 2020. 

This is an opportunity to recognise all types of food gardens great and small, new and established. We encourage 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 wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate those local residents, schools and communities who are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to join with the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board for the second year running in holding its Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards. We know that many of you enjoyed taking part and sharing your knowledge with other like-minded gardeners. The pleasure and health benefits of creating your own garden to produce fresh, healthy food for the family and friends is so rewarding.

We look forward to meeting you again in 2020 and visiting the wonderful edible gardens in Linwood-Central-Heathcote.

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society