Sunday morning, perfect weather, and I arrived early at the Botanic Gardens to take part in the Labyrinth Workshop which was a feature of the Festival of Flowers. I entered past the five metre high Kaitiaki installation.
And the welcoming penguins.
The workshop was basically a ritual walk in a small group – a good start to a tour of the festival sites
The labyrinth is made from over two hundred stones from the Waimakariri River which students from St Michael’s School have decorated with messages – everything from Christian prayers to “Live long and prosper”.
There were topiary animals
and a chamber group playing lovely music
as well as floral bungalows to admire and clever arrangements in port-a-loos (pictures of these to come in a future post).
I discovered that all the seats on the riverbank were roped off, presumably because they’d recently been stained. I ducked under the rope and sat there anyway enjoying the cicada song, with occasional canoes paddling by amid the ducks.
Later that afternoon there was a very enjoyable Flower Power Concert from Graeme Wardrop and Valdi.
“A seat roped off is bound to be
just right for a rule-breaker – me!”