New World teams up with renowned landscape gardener Xanthe White to create a ‘Little Garden’ for Starship
Posted: 28 September 2016
Today, the New World team, under the close supervision
of Xanthe White, got their gardening gloves on and worked with the
team at Starship to bring a petunia garden to life at the national
Designed by top New Zealand landscape gardener, Xanthe White and
author of The Good Dirt, the team created a gorgeous, vibrant
petunia installation in the hospital's Koromiko Garden.
"The space is designed to be a simple yet enduring garden. The
idea is to turn an uninteresting area into a welcoming and vibrant
space for patients and their families," says Xanthe. "Petunias will
add colour for the summer and minimal effort will be required to
maintain this beautiful garden."
When designing the garden, Xanthe wanted to create something
that was reflective of Starship and enjoyable for the children and
families who use it.
"The petunia colour echoes the Starship branding and a simple
framework has been constructed in the shape of a star, a strong
feature of the Starship brand. The installation is adorned by
lights, so that it can be enjoyed in the evening as children and
their families walk through the windowed corridor - a 'guiding
star' into Starship," says Xanthe.
Xanthe is a firm believer that the ability to enjoy your
environment and the act of gardening is beneficial to both children
and adults. "Aside from improving our environment, gardening is
fun, creative and relaxing for all ages. I'm thrilled to be able to
educate and inspire children through gardening and it's a real
privilege to be able to leave a memorable installation on the
hospital grounds for everyone to enjoy."
Helping Xanthe and the New World team were Silver Fern
netballers - Maria Tutaia, Grace Rasmussen and Anna Harrison who
also got their hands dirty and put an extra smile on the faces of
four Starship patients who were there to help.
Starship patient and avid netball fan, 10-year old Ivy Keith was
thrilled to be involved building the garden with the Silver Ferns.
Following her diagnosis of Type I diabetes in December last year,
Ivy spent time in Starship Hospital getting her condition under
control and learning how to manage it through a healthy diet and
"When I was in Starship Mum and Dad would walk past the Koromiko
Garden every night to get dinner, and now other kids families will
be able look out as they walk through the tunnel and see the
brightly coloured petunias and the lights shining around the star -
that's just really cool," says Ivy.
Ivy's mum, Elena Keith adds, "One of the new things we've had to
factor in since Ivy's diagnosis is how important diet is in terms
of managing Ivy's diabetes. Good nutrition that is full of variety
and tastes good is critical."
"Something my time at Starship taught me was that there are a
number of 'free foods' that I can eat whenever I want," says Ivy.
"A couple of my favourites are carrots and cherry tomatoes, I just
love them. Being able to plant them with Little Garden and eat them
whenever I want is so cool."
New World has been a Five Star Sponsor of the Starship
Foundation since 2014. Its ongoing support for Starship continues
to make a real difference to so many New Zealand families, and this
garden is another opportunity to bring a little bit of joy to
patients and families at the national children's hospital.
Brad Clark, Chief Executive for the Starship Foundation says,
"We're really looking forward to watching the petunia garden grow,
its wonderful way to bring the joy of gardening to children who
often cannot, for medical reasons, get out into the garden
themselves. Xanthe has created a really beautiful installation that
will come into its own as the petunias grow over summer. And a huge
thank you to New World, our five star sponsor for bringing this
'Little Garden' to the children of Starship and their customers to
raise vital funds for the Starship Foundation."
The garden officially launches the last collectible in the New
World Little Garden campaign - the Little Garden Petunia for
Starship. The limited edition Little Garden Petunia is available
for $1 from Monday 26 September at all New World stores nationwide.
All proceeds from the sale of the Little Garden Petunia will be
donated to national child health projects via the Starship
"The Little Garden Petunia is a great addition to the other 24
Little Garden Collectibles, we really want to encourage our
customers to come in-store and pick up the Starship Petunia, which
for $1 is not only a bargain but with all funds going to the
Starship Foundation really has the ability to make a difference to
some of our littlest, most in need New Zealanders," says Jen Mariu,
Sponsorship Manager, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd. "We'd encourage customers
to get in quick though, as the Petunia is the only Little Garden
flower and there are limited numbers available."