Floral Quilts on Show at Botanic Garden

7 January 2014

Fabric and flowers are combining this summer for an exhibition with a difference at the Botanic Garden.

Patchwork garden.

Patchwork plantings at the Botanic Garden


‘The Quilted Garden’, a display of floral-themed quilts, will be on show throughout January inside the Treehouse Visitor Centre. Meanwhile, outside, our gardeners have designed patchwork floral beds to match.

The quilts have been created by Wellington region quilters and the exhibition is curated by Kapiti Coast quilter Sheryl Meech. The quilts, unfortunately, are not for sale.

The quilting theme is echoed in the flowering summer beds in the Main Garden near the Founders’ Entrance on Glenmore Street.

These beds are covered in ‘quilt’ designs such as flying geese, saw tooth, rail fence and grandmother’s fan patterns set out in combinations of geraniums, salvia, marigolds and impatiens, to name just some of the plants used.

“The garden will evolve over time - for instance, the rail fence design is planted in geraniums, which will bloom a little later than other flowers,” says Botanic Garden Visitor Services Officer Charmaine Scott.

Come and see some of the region’s most beautiful quilts from 6 - 31 January. The patchwork gardens will be in bloom until March.