November 28 - December 2, Auckland

New Zealand: Businesses jump on board to ensure flower show blooms

Organisers of the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show are thrilled at the support they have received from New Zealand businesses this year. The most recent additions to their sponsorship family are Mitre 10 and Ryman Healthcare.

They join Resene, Yates, The Hunting Lodge, Ray White Austar Realty, WestCity Waitakere, Coca-Cola Amatil and Quality Hotel Lincoln Green.

Event Director and multi award-winning garden designer, Kate Hillier, is quick to point out that without sponsorship her dream of staging New Zealand’s premium floral and horticultural spectacular simply wouldn’t be possible.

“The success of our inaugural show last year has prompted many new sponsors to put their hands up to be involved for 2018 and that support has enabled us to take the Show to the next level.”

New additions to the 2018 Show include green themed cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs, internationally acclaimed garden designers from Australia, America, UK, Europe and Asia and a refreshed VIP Experience.

The Show also has a revamped footprint with exhibits both inside and out to combat Auckland’s unpredictable weather.

Mitre 10 will be presenting this year’s Garden to Table Schools Garden Competition. The Competition will allow eight Primary Schools to let their imagination run riot and design, plant and create an edible garden.

Jules Lloyd-Jones, GM Marketing, Mitre 10, says; ‘We are really excited that Mitre 10 is presenting the Garden to Table Schools Garden Competition at the New Zealand Flower & Garden Show this year. Supporting an organisation that is teaching kiwi kids gardening and food skills for life and encouraging self-sufficiency is a no-brainer for us, and we can’t wait to see them bring their plans to life.’

For DIY enthusiasts, Mitre 10 Ambassador, Stan Scott will be creating a garden in real time during the Show with visitors invited to get their own hands dirty alongside the popular DIY guru.

Ryman Healthcare has also partnered with the Show to sponsor the Devonshire Tea Café. The Ryman Healthcare Devonshire Tea Café will provide visitors the perfect spot for a mid-Show break with a selection of beverages and delicious food offerings.

Gordon Macleod, Chief Executive, Ryman Healthcare says; “Ryman Healthcare is delighted to be a partner at this year’s Show which we’re sure will bring inspiration to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. We pride ourselves on our beautiful village gardens and we know it will be a popular Show with many of our staff and residents. After a busy time at the Show, visitors will certainly deserve a cuppa – so please pop in and see us at the Devonshire Tea tent!”

Running over five days, visitors will be offered the chance to experience award-winning garden exhibits, feature floral art installations and displays, indulge in a spot of retail therapy and enjoy gourmet food and beverages.

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