The Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards programme is a partnership between the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Selection of garden vegtables and fruit

Entries have closed for 2020.


  • Residential house
  • Residential unit
  • School or early learning 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 Waipapa/Papanui-Innes 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 Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards contact:

Elizabeth Hovell
Phone: 03 941 8637

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

Visit an edible garden in your local community:

  • Kaputahi Community Orchard (Marshland)
  • Packe Street Park and Community Garden (Edgeware)

The Waipapa/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 and Sustainable Garden Awards programme within the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board area is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate local residents, schools and communities that are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society congratulates the Waipapa/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 in 2020 it will be just as enjoyable as in the past.

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society




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