Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON)

AvONis a not-for-profit group. Its vision is to “establish a community-driven science-informed living memorial to rejuvenate and nurture the long-term environmental, economic, community and spiritual wellbeing of the eastern suburbs and of those living throughout greaterChristchurch.   Our aim is to turn a tragedy into an opportunity, a polluted drain into a vibrant river system, and exhaustion and despair into hope and inspiration.”


was held on Wednesday 25 May, 7:30-9:30pm @ Canterbury Horticultural Society Hall

Abstracts from garden forum


Dr John Clemens, Curator of Christchurch Botanic Garden:“Christchurch and the Shape of Water: A Tale of Two Botanic Gardens”

Steve Bush, Trees for Canterbury:“Walking, Cycling, Native Plants and Me!”

Grant MacLeod, Christchurch City Council “Natural Play for All, Play Areas for Children”

Peggy Kelly, Packe Street Community Park “The Growing Need for Community Parks and Gardens in the City”

Neiel Drain, Former President Canterbury Horticultural Society “Christchurch, Garden City of the World. Dream or Reality?”

Coralie Winn, Gap Filler “Filling Empty Spaces: Movable Scenes for an Earthquake City”

Di Lucas, Landscape Associates “Re-Gardening our City – Renewing the World Model”

Diana Madgin, Press Garden Writer and Garden Guide “How Christchurch Became The Garden City”

Further information: Diana Madgin,



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