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High Tea In The Garden

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High Tea In The Garden

The two key ingredients for High Tea in the Garden are laughter and memories - everything you'll find in Ryman Healthcare's Ellerslie International Flower Show exhibition garden.

Designed by Christchurch landscape designer Suzanne Sullivan, who designs all of Ryman's retirement village gardens, this exhibition garden combines elements of traditional design with modern function to create a garden in which to sit and enjoy a cup of tea, listen to the movement and sounds in the garden, soak up the colour and fragrance or simply share time with a friend.

Sponsored by Ryman Healthcare, High Tea in the Garden is designed to reflect the emphasis the company, as one of New Zealand's leading providers of retirement villages, places on creating homes set amongst award-winning landscaped gardens.

Ryman have designed, built and operated 21 retirement villages throughout New Zealand, each renowned for their beautiful gardens.

"Our gardens are traditional and packed full of delightful colour," says Ryman chief executive Simon Challies.

"Many our residents have been life-long avid gardeners. They can still enjoy a beautiful and colourful garden in their village, but now without having to do the actual gardening."

Suzanne Sullivan says Ryman's High Tea in the Garden garden is a place to heighten the senses with fragrance, colour and texture.

"It is also a place to appreciate reflections, music, soft lighting or the ambience of the fire; a place to enjoy a quiet cup of tea, a book or to share with family and friends."

She says the garden has an emphasis on traditional exotic plantings and colour set within a modern functional design. As a courtyard garden, it features raised planters, seating, a water feature and more - all important elements Suzanne says for creating a garden in which to live.

"Gone are the days of the rotary clothes line and veggie plot at the bottom of the garden. With smaller sections people are often looking to create more intimate and enclosed spaces in which to live and enjoy."

She says most people are now more selective in what they put in their gardens, looking to create spaces with ambience through the use of plantings, lighting, artwork, furniture, planters, pots and other features such as pergolas, walls and even fireplaces.

"Structural design features are still important in a garden, along with key plantings such as trees to provide form and canopy. Various hedging options and a repeat of a key plant species can also help to bring the design together."

For Suzanne, fragrance and seasonal colour are also essential in a garden.

"Gardens should be designed to be used and enjoyed. With Ryman's High Tea in the Garden I want visitors to Ellerslie to experience the simplicity of a garden where there are lots of ideas they can glean to transfer to their own backyards and create better places in which to enjoy living." Ellerslie International Flower Show is New Zealand's premier week-long Garden Party in Christchurch's North Hagley Park from 11 to 15 March. The Show celebrates Christchurch's Garden City heritage and the best of national and international garden design. The 2009 Show will feature almost 80 horticultural exhibits, including 28 exhibition gardens, with loads of fresh and exciting ideas for every garden. Check out the website for further information www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz

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