A fusion of Kiwi and Asian cultures gave Wellington designer Bayley LuuTomes an edge at the Gardening World Cup, held in Nagasaki last month.
Bayley won a silver medal for his garden, Glass Bottle Sanctuary, pictured here. A curved wall of coloured glass bottles formed a koru, with a simple hidden sanctuary on the inside and compact colour planting on the outside. “This represents the busy, modern western lifestyle compared with a simple and harmonious traditional eastern style of living,” he explained.
“I believe in upcycling and wanted to take a throwaway item and show you can create something amazing with it.” At night, the glass bottles transformed the sanctuary into an illuminated garden sculpture. Bayley also took on a French designer in a speed gardening challenge, where they used leftover materials to construct a garden in 20 minutes.
Bayley’s talents will be on show at next year’s Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch from February 26 to March 2, where he will design and construct a children’s charity garden to raise awareness of children living with arthritis.