Hundreds flock to flower festival

More than 900 visitors enjoyed the Christchurch Flower Festival at the weekend with its stunning dance-inspired floral arrangements.

Chris Cox reports ; “Startling red anthuriums and roses against a backdrop of black lace announced a flamenco, a form of Spanish folk dance and music from Andalucia in Southern Spain.

From Spain to Scotland, where against a backdrop of pine branches, cones and thistles, groups of white carnations, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and stocks joined with tartan ribbons in progressive patterns.

Green carnations, chrysanthemums, and alchemilla in formation represented Irish dancing, while in autumnal colours, golden rod, yellow and bronze spray chrysanthemums and alstromeria, salmon roses and yellow carnations dozy doe’d at a barn dance set off by straw bales, corn shucks and a tiny harvest mouse.

Tap dancing followed, described in green and purple liatris, calla lilies, lisianthus, alstromeria, anthuriums, and carnations, entwining a cane and top hat. Blue delphiniums danced the sailors’ hornpipe with white carnations, chrysanthemums and lisianthus beneath a ship’s wheel; a bale of cotton, storm lantern, and sailor’s hat set off the picture.

Stopping next in Hawaii, apricot carnations, roses and alstromeria surrounded a lei-strewn, grass-skirted hula hula girl.” For a full report visit