The Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards programme is a partnership between the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Selection of garden vegtables and fruit

Entries close 20 January 2020

The awards recognise and support individuals, groups, schools, communities and businesses that grow their own food. Locals are encouraged to establish a garden by themselves or with others.

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

Categories and special awards


  • Residential house
  • Residential unit
  • School or early childhood centre
  • Community or business

Special awards

  • Best first-time garden
  • Best tomatoes
  • Best sustainability feature/s
  • Best organic garden
  • Best yield

Assessment criteria and panel

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.

Garden photos

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.

Conditions of entry

  1. Entry is free, and open to individuals, groups, organisations, schools, early learning centres, communities, and businesses within the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote 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.

More information

For more information about the 2020 Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards contact:

Emily Carlton
Phone: 03 941 5302

Setting up and growing your edible garden

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

Recognising edible gardens in Linwood-Central-Heathcote

After the success of our first year, the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board is delighted to again partner with the Canterbury Horticultural Society in the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards in 2020. 

This is an opportunity to recognise all types of food gardens great and small, new and established. We encourage innovative use of space, resources, and sustainable practices, and hope that these awards inspire people to start a new project and learn something along the way.

This event is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate those local residents, schools and communities who are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to join with the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board for the second year running in holding its Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards. We know that many of you enjoyed taking part and sharing your knowledge with other like-minded gardeners. 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 meeting you again in 2020 and visiting the wonderful edible gardens in Linwood-Central-Heathcote.

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society

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