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A Foray Into Fungus

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens is taking visitors to next month's Ellerslie International Flower Show underground to a world of fungi, mould and lichen.

A key exhibit in the trio of gardens in the Christchurch International Airport Starlight Marquee, the exhibit will take visitors beneath the earth to demonstrate nature's ability to reuse and recycle; hinting at what the natural kingdom is doing as part of the cycle of life.

"It will be a garden with a strong sensory experience," says Christchurch Botanic Gardens Botanical Services Operations Team Leader Jeremy Hawker.

"The design will have an emphasis on lighting, textural elements and sound, with plenty of magical surprises."

Christchurch's Botanic Gardens won a Silver Distinction with its Swamp Modern exhibit at last year's Ellerslie International Flower Show. The garden replicated Christchurch's natural wetland landscape as it was before the arrival of European settlers.

Mr Hawker says this year's garden is a stark contrast - "it will be a dramatic, theatrical exhibit where fungi, mould and lichen will thrive".

"There will be a sense of being below the earth and looking out to a glimpse of blue sky, hence the name Pictures of Life and Death ."

Mr Hawker says Pictures of Life and Death is about challenging Ellerslie visitors to think about the planet and taking care of the environment.

The garden will feature an impressive collection of fungi, mould and lichen which the Botanic Gardens' team having spent months foraging for throughout the region and are now growing on decomposing logs to include in the exhibit.

o Ellerslie International Flower Show is New Zealand's premier week-long Garden Party in Christchurch's North Hagley Park from 10 to 14 March 2010. The Show celebrates Christchurch's Garden City heritage and the best of national and international garden design. Check out the website for further information www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz

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