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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Whatever Floats Your Duck

BioHaven island gardens were a hit with spectators and waterfowl alike at Christchurch’s Festival of Flowers.


A duck hunkers down on a “BioHaven”

on the Avon River, Christchurch, N. Z.

Photo: Rodney Love

Wildlife gardening is a bit of an oxymoron. More than a bit. Here we go tearing things up, having boulders “installed.” We’ve hybridized the scent (and flavor?) out of flowers, meanwhile mixing up red sugarwater to seduce a few hummingbirds.

Ducks on the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand, suggest we’ve been rather narrow and condescending where wildlife gardening is concerned. Who’s to say that wildlife always prefers wilderness?

Marise Richards sent along these fabulous photographs taken by Rodney Love—of local fowl enjoying the recent Festival of Flowers. Marise forwarded an excerpt from the Festival’s official statement about the glorious island gardens created for the event:

“As part of the Festival of Flowers 20th Anniversary Season, the Christchurch Garden City Trust is bringing back a much loved event: floats on the Avon River. For 2009, the floats will actually be floating ‘BioHaven’ islands, each measuring 2 square metres.”

BioHaven is right! Local ducks decidedly preferred these splendid, unnatural nests to the wild rushes along the riverbank. 

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Posted by Julie on 03/29 at 04:26 PM
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