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.