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.

Entries for the 2024 Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards closed on Friday 12 January 2024

Eligibility for entry

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 enter

After you have submitted your entry, Canterbury Horticultural Society members will arrange to visit your garden in early 2024 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 beneficial – 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.

Setting up and growing your edible garden

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

Recognising edible gardens in Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote

Kia ora koutou katoa, the Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board is really glad to partner with Canterbury Horticultural Society in the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards for 2024.

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.

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 the family and friends are so rewarding.

We look forward to visiting the wonderful edible gardens in Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote.

Allan Paterson
President, Canterbury Horticultural Society

For more information about the Waihoro Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2024, contact Rebecca Carr at 03 941 8999 or