That has been welcomed by NGIA, which is the representative
body of the New Zealand garden industry. Its 500 members are made up of growers,
garden centre retailers and the horticulture supply sector. NGIA president Peter
Fraser says the association agrees with all the reasoning about why there should
be a gardening event like this in Auckland.
"Auckland and surrounding
areas provide a huge population, and gardening is a popular leisure and recreation
activity. In addition, the facilities and layout at the new Alexandra Park venue
are excellent and provide the opportunity to showcase this new gardening event.
It's going to be fantastic."
Across the Tasman, the Nursery & Garden
Industry of Victoria has an ownership stake in the Melbourne Flower Show. We
talked to our Melbourne counterparts, and its clear the Melbourne Flower
Show is a highly successful vehicle for their industry, Mr Fraser says.
NGIA will encourage its members to use the Auckland Flower Show to introduce new
products and promote gardening at the boom time of year, in spring,
Mr Fraser says.
For up to date information visit the Auckland
Flower Show website and register. They also have early bird discounts