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Top British Garden Designer Coming To Ellerslie Flower Show

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Top British Garden Designer Coming To Ellerslie Flower Show

4 February 2009 - One of Britain's leading garden designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin is coming to Christchurch for next month's Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Named Garden Designer of the Year in 2006-07, Fisher Tomlin has offices in London and the West Indies, creating award-winning gardens and landscapes throughout Europe and the Caribbean.

He sits on the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens Panel selecting gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show and is a RHS judge.

Fisher Tomlin says he has always been fascinated by the relationship between the natural landscape and gardens.

"Some of my favourite gardens are those inspired by nature, such as the gardens of Arizona and the tropical forest gardens in the Caribbean where I work.

"I am really looking forward to seeing the inspiration behind the Ellerslie International Flower Show gardens in a country that I consider has some of the best natural landscape in the world."

Fisher Tomlin says coming to Ellerslie will be his first visit to New Zealand.

"I am excited about coming to Christchurch which has a reputation for some of the best gardens and parks in the Southern Hemisphere.

"What has really surprised me about New Zealand, in the research I have done since deciding to come to Ellerslie, is just how many contemporary gardens are pushing the boundaries of design. Hopefully I will go home inspired by what I see."

Fisher Tomlin will be a guest judge at Ellerslie and will also present two lectures of British garden design trends.

Each summer, Fisher Tomlin publishes The Garden Trends Report which is the definitive guide "to everything from social and cultural trends that influence the way we behave and consume to the next fashionable trends".

He says Chelsea is crucial for plant fashion, not just in the United Kingdom but also internationally, influencing use of plants and plant design.

"Predictions for the next few years focus on our search for simplicity and order, personal sustainability and pressure on home resources that lead us towards environmental satisfaction and neo-austerity."

Fisher Tomlin says one thing is everyone will grow more colourful plants, both ornamental and edible.

"I am interested in seeing how the trends we see in Britain have influenced garden design in New Zealand or whether in fact New Zealand is leading the way."

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