From backyards to pots and windowsills, this partnership between the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society is an opportunity to celebrate all types of food gardens.

Selection of garden vegtables and fruit

Enter the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2022

Entries close 10 January 2022

From veggie pots to garden plots, entry is free and open to everyone in the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board area.

Check if the garden is in Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board area.

All entrants will be invited to attend an award ceremony in the first half of 2022.

Everyone who enters will receive a prize and certificate. Special prizes will be given for:

  • Beginner gardener
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruit and berries
  • Organic garden
  • Sustainability features
  • Yield

If you're proud of your peas or delighted with your dill, we want to hear from you!

Entry is free and open to individuals, groups, organisations, schools, early learning centres and businesses.

Previous entrants and special award winners are welcome to enter again.

Your garden must be located in the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board area

After you have submitted your entry, Canterbury Horticultural Society members will arrange to visit your garden in early 2022 and offer advice and feedback on things like:

  • Plant variety, quality and health
  • General presentation
  • Management of weeds
  • Innovative features
  • Water saving techniques
  • Use of beneficials (flowers, herbs, companion planting)
  • Organic aspects (conversion of waste, etc)
  • Crop rotation and planning (sustainability)

Take photos

We would love to see high-resolution photos of your gardening journey, from planting through to harvesting. With your permission, these will be put up on the big screen at the award ceremony for all to celebrate!

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

For more information about the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2022, contact:

The Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board is delighted to support the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2022. Whether you're a first-time edible gardener or a seasoned pro, these awards provide the opportunity to share our knowledge and support each other on our food resilience journeys. Let's get growing!

Alexandra Davids
Chair, Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to again join with the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board for its Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards. 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 visiting the wonderful edible gardens in Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote!

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society