Max’s Pipe Dream wins Judges Supreme Award

A garden inspired by the Mackenzie Country’s hydro engineering landscape – weeds and all – has won the Judges Supreme Award at this year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Convenor of Judges Jim Fogarty said the garden designed by Paul Roper-Gee of Beca was a “clear cut winner”.

“It was popular with the judges; it is fun, innovative and well styled.”

Max’s Pipe Dream, an Engineer’s Garden was designed by the team at Beca as they imagined Max Smith, the project engineer for the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric Power Scheme, might have created as a garden in Twizel, using the construction and plant material found in the nearby landscape.

“The garden has a great message for the people of Christchurch about how to re-use materials and combine these with contemporary, industrialised materials but pull it all together in a very professionally styled way.”

He said the garden is comfortable, personable and relaxing.

“It is a brilliant story, well executed and well-deserved of the win.”

The Judges also said the garden captured what was unique and quintessentially Kiwi in an ever changing environment. “Being both quirky and innovative in its use of both recycled and industrial contemporary materials, the garden provides an intimate and fun space.”