From backyards to pots and windowsills, this partnership between the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board and the Canterbury Horticultural Society is an opportunity to celebrate all types of food gardens.

Selection of garden vegtables and fruit

Enter the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2023

Entries close on 10 January 2023.

From veggie pots to garden plots, entry is free and open to everyone in the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board area.

If you're proud of your peas or delighted with your dill, we want to hear from you.

Entry is free and open to individuals, groups, organisations, schools, early learning centres and businesses.

Previous entrants and special award winners are welcome to enter again.

Your garden must be located in the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board area.

After you have submitted your entry, Canterbury Horticultural Society members will arrange to visit your garden in early 2023 and offer advice and feedback on things like:

  • Plant variety, quality and health
  • General presentation
  • Management of weeds
  • Innovative features
  • Water saving techniques
  • Use of beneficials (flowers, herbs, companion planting)
  • Organic aspects (conversion of waste, etc)
  • Crop rotation and planning (sustainability)

Take photos

We would love to see high-resolution photos of your gardening journey, from planting through to harvesting.

With your permission, we would love to use these photos to celebrate your great efforts and for promotional purposes.

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

For more information about the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2023, contact:

The Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central 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-Central Community Board area is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate those local residents, schools and communities that are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board


Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to again join the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board for its Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards.

The pleasure and health benefits of creating your own garden to produce fresh, healthy food for family and friends are so rewarding. We look forward to visiting the wonderful edible gardens in Papanui-Innes-Central.

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society