Pupils prepare Houses for Grow Ōtautahi festival


Plants, flowers and veggies are carrying up every spare piece of space at six Canterbury colleges as layouts are finalised for your Rātā Foundation School Gardens exhibitions at Grow Ōtautahi at March.

School students from around the area are all sharing the unique stories of the communities by producing particular gardens for Grow Ōtautahi – Christchurch’s own, complimentary three-day backyard festival.

The Rātā Foundation School Gardens observe the very best of our neighborhood surroundings, with a view to education and sustainability.

Festival Director Sandi MacRae stated she was amazed at the detail and work at the college gardens.

“What I’m visiting from the lead-up into case is actually blowing me off.

“The colleges aren’t merely creating wonderful reflections in the regional communities, they’re also weaving the job in their learning with a focus on community, sustainability, creativity and observing our surroundings.

“The plants are growing nicely and that I can’t wait to view them on site from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

“The commitment of the teachers, children and local communities involved is inspirational, and I know visitors to the festival will be delighted with what they have created.”

Rātā Foundation chief executive Leighton Evans states “the Garden Festival provides a unique opportunity to celebrate our Garden City; while increasing environmental awareness and supporting education for our tamariki and rangatahi around sustainable growing practices.”

“The Rātā Foundation School Gardens provide a pathway for building the next generation of gardeners and eco-warriors.”

The Grow Ōtautahi Christchurch Garden Festival Trust is closely tracking the federal Covid-19 scenario, after all information from Government and can react to any changing situation. 

“We are all focused on the task at hand and gearing-up to welcome people to the first-ever Grow Ōtautahi. This has always included a sharp focus on public safety and we’ll have appropriate hygiene and health-related processes in place,” MacRae stated. 

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