The Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards programme is a partnership between the Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere 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 Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere 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 Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards contact:

Wendy Gunther
Phone: 03 941 5113

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

Visit an edible garden in your local community:


The Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is delighted to partner with the Canterbury Horticultural Society in the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards scheme in 2020 for our local residents, schools, families and community groups to acknowledge their efforts to produce food on their properties and in their gardens.

This is an opportunity to recognise all types of food gardens great and small. We are particularly interested in highlighting sustainability, as the Board is committed to ensuring the bounty of ecodiversity and well-being that flows from caring for our 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 a nomination and join in with young and old gardeners across the neighbourhoods celebrating local food gardens.

Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board

Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to join with the Waihora/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board for the third year running in holding Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards. We know that many of you have 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 Waihora/Spreydon-Cashmere.

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society