Update: The Beekeeper’s Hobbit Hole was voted the People’s Choice Award after this article was published.
Matamata’s Hobbiton Movie Set has scooped three awards at the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show in Auckland including a prestigious Best in Show accolade.
The Beekeeper’s Hobbit Hole, designed and built by the Hobbiton Movie Set team, also won a Gold Medal and The Horticultural Excellence Award.
“To have the Hobbit Hole garden described by the international gardening judges as world-class is humbling and a great testament to the team we have working in Hobbiton,” said Hobbiton Movie Set chief executive, Russell Alexander.
The award-winning garden referenced the village of Hobbiton and was created over a two week period specifically for the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show. It aimed to give attendees a glimpse of Middle-earth with an exhibit that captured Tolkien’s naturally rambling style, with a profusion of plants co-existing without rigid lines or divisions.
“Creating a piece of Middle-earth in Auckland is an amazing opportunity and we look forward to giving guests a temporary glimpse into the Shire over the week to come,” said Alexander.
The Hobbiton Movie Set Garden creation is the home of the hardworking beekeeper who plays an important role in the village gardens, crop fields and honey supply.
Hobbiton Movie Set project manager, Brian Massey, said: “Our aim was to achieve a seamless blending of architecture and botanic. In many of Tolkien’s imaginings, trees were part of the structural architecture. The ground becomes buildings roofs, and buildings are climbing frames for plants.
“Our hope is to have the garden not appear as recently installed but well lived in, with the impression the beekeeper has just ‘ducked away’ from sitting in the sun. Most of all, we would like to engage visitors and fill them with the feeling of, ‘I would just like sit in this garden for a while’.”
A hundred entries across six categories were evaluated at the show on qualities such as command of space, use of design elements, use of materials and emotional impact.
Overall, 17 Gold, 16 Silver and 23 Bronze awards were assigned, with seven entries awarded Best in Show.
The New Zealand Flower & Garden Show is making its debut at The Trusts Arena, West Auckland from the 29th November – 3rd December 2017.