Edible gardens are acknowledged in the Papanui-Innes ward with the Edible Gardens Award.

Tomatoes plants in a garden

2019 nominations are open

First-time entries go in the draw to win one of 10 $10 Mitre 10 vouchers and one person will win a $250 Mitre 10 voucher.

Sponsored by Ray White Papanui(external link)

The Papanui-Innes Edible Garden Awards is an awards programme in partnership with the Canterbury Horticultural Society aimed at acknowledging and supporting individuals, schools and communities who are actively involved in the growing of their own food.

This year we are also partnering with Ray White to promote first-time entries.

The awards seek to encourage others to consider establishing a garden, either by themselves or with others.

Recognising edible gardens in the Papanui–Innes ward

The 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 Gardens Award within the Papanui–Innes ward is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate those local residents, schools and communities who are passionate about their gardens and their bountiful harvests.

Ali Jones 

Chairperson, Papanui–Innes Community Board

 Canterbury Horticultural Society endorses the Papanui–Innes Ward for its innovation in creating the Edible Garden Awards. To plant seeds and grow vegetables and fruit successfully is to have the knowledge to feed yourself. In today’s world growing what you eat allows for you to know what you are eating, caring for body and mind.

Alan Jolliffe

President, Canterbury Horticultural Society

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)
  • Design considerations
  • Organic aspects (conversion of waste, etc)
  • Crop rotation, and planning

Assessments will be undertaken by members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Categories and special awards


  • Residential House or Unit
  • Early Childhood Centre or School
  • Community Garden

Special awards

  • Best first time garden sponsored by Ray White
  • Best sustainability features
  • Best organic garden 
  • Best yield
  • Best tomatoes


Conditions of entry

  1. Entry is free and open to residents, community organisations or schools within the Papanui–Innes Ward only.
  2. All entrants allow the organisers to publish their name and photographs in print and electronic media, including flyers and promotional material.
  3. Entrants grant the panel permission to enter their property for assessment at a mutually convenient time. Gardeners are encouraged to be present to talk with the panel.
  4. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place from 4 February–8 February 2019 for Residential and Community Groups.
  5. Garden visits by the assessment panel will take place from 11 February–16 February 2019 for Schools and Early Childhood Centres.
  6. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. All entrants will be contacted and invited to attend a ceremony to be held in March 2019.

These awards are being carried out in partnership with Ray White Papanui and Mitre 10 Mega Papanui.

Sponsored by Ray White Papanui and Mitre 10 Mega

Enter a garden for the 2019 awards

To enter your edible garden, or to nominate someone else's garden, fill out the form below or you can post in the entry form.