The green mile

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<em>Arcadia</em> by Xanthe White featured a summer house made from charred timber.

Arcadia by Xanthe White featured a summer house made from charred timber. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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White's design was based on 'a common ideal of beauty'.

White’s design was based on ‘a common ideal of beauty’. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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Stonework and a waterfall feature in the silver-medal winning <em>Arcadia</em> installation.

Stonework and a waterfall feature in the silver-medal winning Arcadia installation. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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Animals created by Auckland artist Misery were dotted throughout the garden.

Animals created by Auckland artist Misery were dotted throughout the garden. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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The open path element of the design.

The open path element of the design. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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LuuTomes' <em>Glass Bottle Sanctuary</em> - a silver medal winner in the Home Garden category.

LuuTomes’ Glass Bottle Sanctuary - a silver medal winner in the Home Garden category. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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The recycled glass bottles formed a koru shape.

The recycled glass bottles formed a koru shape. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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Bamboo and complementary wild flowers.

Bamboo and complementary wild flowers. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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A fusion of New Zealand and Asian cultures in LuuTomes' installation.

A fusion of New Zealand and Asian cultures in LuuTomes’ installation. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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Wild flowers gently colour the garden.

Wild flowers gently colour the garden. Image: Sophie Leuschke

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New Zealand designers Xanthe White and Bayley LuuTomes exhibited at the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki, Japan, in October, and both won medals. White’s garden, Arcadia, included a summer house made from charred timber, a waterfall, stonework and animals created by Auckland artist Misery.

White says her design, which was awarded a silver medal in the Show Gardens category, was based on “a common ideal of beauty… Flowers, trees, evidence of wildlife, fresh water and an open path leading to the distance… symbolise this landscape which is universal and cross-cultural.”

LuuTomes’ Glass Bottle Sanctuary featured recycled glass bottles formed into the shape of a large koru and surrounded by bamboo and wild flowers. “My country is New Zealand, my culture is Asian and my garden is a fusion of the two,” says Tomes, who won a silver medal in the Home Garden category. 


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