News release from the Auckland Flower Show 14 October
Drawing wellbeing from the wetland
Who could not warm to the idea of complete and utter
wellbeing? It's a concept that designer Clyde Tukaiora
Connell is guided by in 'Waiora', the Exhibition Garden
he will create for the Auckland Flower Show.
Waiora takes its name from the Maori goddess of health,
who promoted total wellbeing with her calming waters
that would rejuvenate all who drank from them. Waiora
literally means 'water of life', which gives the designer
the means to add some surprising elements to the exhibition
garden. "We are bringing life to it," Clyde
says, "not just plants, but other living elements."
That is as much of the surprise that Clyde is prepared
to reveal at this stage, but he promises it will be
a relaxing retreat, and a place to rediscover the awesome
power of life-giving water.
Clyde has chosen to recreate the wetland environment
to demonstrate his theme of "complete and utter
wellbeing". "The wetland is doing all the
work to filter the wastes of mankind, like phosphates
and effluent. With so much rain in our climate, it's
natural that we should create this type of garden in
our own backyards."