The Trusts Arena | 29th November - 3rd December 2017

Student Designer of the Year

Kia Ora,

As a new international scale event, it is important for us to reach out to you for several reasons. Firstly we would like to strengthen our current relationship with tertiary providers who may have had connections through the Ellerslie International previously – and also to establish new relationships with the institutes who I was lucky enough to meet at the Auckland Careers Expo recently! Most importantly however, we wanted to share information on the opportunities that the New Zealand Flower & Garden Show offers both your institute and your students.

This year, there is a chance for students to take part in the show and put what they have been learning to practice in a competition setting. We have re-introduced the Student Designer of the Year competition – a category open to all students studying design, landscape design, architecture, horticulture and other relevant subjects. Generally as a courtyard style setting, the flower show provides the plywood walls of which the students can create their designs within. A project description is provided for designers to work to, and mentoring available from our coordinators. While all exhibits within this category are eligible for NZFGS medals, an overall winner will be selected from the gold medal winners. The overall winner will then be titled NZFGS Student Designer of the Year 2017.

The emphasis on the Student Designer of the Year category is DESIGN and INNOVATION and gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their personal design and flair. It is possible for students to work collaboratively on the exhibits, but only one student can be named the Student Designer of the Year. This type of competition has been the launch pad for successful landscape design careers in the past, such as that of Bailey Luu Tomes of Kluge LuuTomes Design. Watch the video below to her how being a part of the competition helped Bailey to launch his career in the garden design industry.



If the Student Designer of the Year seems a little daunting, there is also the opportunity to volunteer for the build of and breakdown of the show. You will be paired up with garden designer who is in need of help to set up and pack down their garden design. You could be helping with planting, paint, building – anything to get the garden up and running! If this is something you are interested in please contact Samara Paxton at

For institutes, there are other opportunities to exhibit at the show, whether Horticultural or Retail. If you would like to learn more about any aspect of exhibiting at the show, we would like to invite you to our EXHIBITOR INFORMATION EVENING – held at the Horticultural Society Centre, 990 Great North Road, Western Springs. We will begin the night at 6:30pm sharp with tea, coffee and biscuits on offer.

The evening will be an informative look into how exhibiting at the show benefits retailers and designers and we will offer tips on how to optomise your space. We will also be available for Q&A at the conclusion of the presentation. As this particular email is quite short notice for those of you who were not already on our newsletter list, please feel free to call on 021 187 0771 with any questions or to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!

Kind Regards,

Tess Langworthy
Exhibition Coordinator

May 30, 2017