From backyards to pots and windowsills, this partnership between the Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere 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 2021

Entries close 28 January 2021

From veggie pots to garden plots, entry is free and open to everyone in the Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area.

Check if the garden is in Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area.

All entrants will be invited to attend an award ceremony in March or April 2021.

Everyone who enters will receive a certificate, plus special awards will be given for:

  • Beginner edible gardener
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruit and berries
  • Organic garden
  • Sustainability features
  • Yield

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 Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area. 

After you have submitted your entry, Canterbury Horticultural Society members will arrange to visit your garden in February 2021 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, these will be put up on the big screen at the award ceremony for all to celebrate!

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

Visit an edible garden in your local community:

For more information about the Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2021, contact:

Wendy Gunther
Phone: 03 941 5113
Email: wendy.gunther@ccc.govt.nz

Kia ora koutou katoa, the Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is really glad to partner with Canterbury Horticultural Society in Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards for 2021. Our goal is to share our knowledge and provide support and encouragement whether you're a first-time edible gardener or seasoned pro. We're particularly interested in highlighting sustainability and the well-being that flows from caring for our natural environment. So, whether the vegetable patch, orchard, or rain garden in your yard or your neighbour's, is new or long-established, do put in an entry and join with gardeners of all ages and stages in their food resilience journeys, to celebrate local edible gardens. Let's get growing!

Karolin Potter, Chairperson
Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board


Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to again join with the Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere 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 the family and friends is so rewarding. We look forward to visiting the wonderful edible gardens in Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere!

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society