From backyards to pots and windowsills, this partnership between the Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote 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 Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote 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 Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote 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 Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2023, contact:

Kia ora koutou katoa, the Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board is really glad to partner with the Canterbury Horticultural Society in the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards for 2023.

Our goal is to share our knowledge and provide support and encouragement whether you’re a first-time edible gardener or a 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 gardeners of all ages and stages in their food resilience journeys, to celebrate local edible gardens. Let’s get growing!

Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board


Canterbury Horticultural Society is pleased to again join the Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote 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 Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote!

Ray King
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society