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Tuning into young talent

27 Feb 2014

Part of the Ellerslie International Flower Garden on in Christchurch’s Hagley Park this week, this cute cottage façade has been painted by the children at Chisnallwood Intermediate School for the School Gardens Competition section of the show. And the garden won a gold. This is the first year of the competition in which eight Christchurch schools create a garden in front of a street of house facades, not only painting the houses but also planting the gardens. Sources of inspiration for the gardens range from virtual 3D worlds such as Minecraft and life in the urban red zone to the paintings of Mondrian and the shared Samoan heritage of pupils at St James School. The new school gardens category follows the impressive entry by Raumati South primary school in this year’s Ellerslie show. The name of the Chisnallwood Intermediate garden is Noteworthy to reflect the fact that music is a strength of the school.