Edible gardens are acknowledged in the Papanui-Innes ward with the Edible Gardens Award.

Tomatoes plants in a garden

2020 nominations are open

Entries for the Papanui-Innes Edible Garden Awards 2020 open on 2 September 2019 and close on 19 January 2020.

Recognising edible gardens in the Papanui-Innes ward

The Papanui-Innes Community Board is committed to encouraging the growth of localised food production. The Board’s active and ongoing support for activities and initiatives that build strong and resilient communities is a priority.

We are also keen to support and grow our relationships with local primary schools championing the next generation to grow their own food, nurture their environment, themselves and others.

In partnership with the Canterbury Horticultural Society, the Edible Gardens Award within the Papanui-Innes ward is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate those local residents, schools and communities who are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

Ali Jones 

Chairperson, Papanui-Innes Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society congratulates the Papanui-Innes Community Board for its innovation in creating the Edible Garden Awards. 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 and are sure that next year will be just as enjoyable as in the past.

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society

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)
  • Design considerations
  • Organic aspects (conversion of waste, etc)
  • Crop rotation, and planning

Assessments will be undertaken by members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Categories and special awards


  • Residential House or Unit
  • Early Childhood Centre or School
  • Community Garden

Special awards

  • Best first time garden sponsored by Ray White
  • Best sustainability features
  • Best organic garden 
  • Best yield
  • Best tomatoes


Conditions of entry

  1. Entry is free and open to residents, community organisations or schools within the Papanui-Innes Ward only.
  2. All entrants allow the organisers to publish their name and photographs in print and electronic media, including flyers and promotional material.
  3. Entrants grant the panel permission to enter their property for assessment at a mutually convenient time. Gardeners are encouraged to be present to talk with the panel.
  4. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place from17 to 28 February 2019.
  5. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. All entrants will be contacted and invited to attend a ceremony to be held in 2020.

More information

For more information about the Papanui-Innes Edible Garden Awards 2020 contact:

Elizabeth Hovell
Papanui Service 
PO Box 73024
Christchurch 8154
Phone: 03 941 86387
Email: Elizabeth.Hovell@ccc.govt.nz

For more information on growing your edible garden see Edible Christchurch and Canterbury Horticultural Society(external link).


These awards are being carried out in partnership with Ray White Papanui and Mitre 10 Mega Papanui.

Sponsored by Ray White Papanui and Mitre 10 Mega

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