Greening the Rubble (GtR) is a charitable trust that grew after the Canterbury earthquakes. GtR creates and maintains temporary public parks on cleared sites in Christchurch. Each garden contributes to the rejuvenation of our city and is a positive, green sign of recovery!

Current Projects

Plant Exchange

Plant Exchange

“Bring a plant, take a plant”. If you have a plant that you don’t need or need to make space in your garden, bring those them to the Exchange and swap them for ones that might be better suited to your needs. The Plant Exchange has since been moved to the Commons, where it is now situated next to our office in the “Snug”. Please come by and swap a plant or two! The simple idea behind the Plant Exchange is “bring a plant, take a plant”. If you have a plant that you don’t need or need to make space in your garden, bring those them to the Exchange…

Herbal Dispensary

Herbal Dispensary

We saw an opportunity to green this site and add a comfortable meeting and reading area beside the Gap Filler ‘Think Differently’ Book Fridge. This site was the former Herbal Dispensary and already had some wildflowers and herbs growing, so we wanted to keep with this theme.

Restless Forest

Restless Forest

Greening the Rubble launched their latest and most innovative project, #TheRestlessForest, in December 2015. It is a truly transitional native garden that tells its own story. Restless Forest combines landscape and art, story-telling and natural history, using plants native to Christchurch. The forest will move around the city changing in form, to remind us all of what was – and what still remains – of our natural world…

Kua Hua Ake Te Ao

Kua Hua Ake Te Ao

GtR was asked to design and build this garden with volunteer help from the local Linwood community. The garden is adjacent to Kua Hua Ake Te Ao cafe, which was also created by the community of Linwood to enable them to meet, treat themselves and enjoy a little beauty and serenity in their day…

Sound Garden

Sound Garden

In collaboration with Gap Filler, the Sound Garden was created as a social space for local workers to have lunch and for children of all ages to play. The original Sound Garden opened as part of FESTA on Labour Weekend 2013, when the artists who worked on the project performed an opening piece…

The Green Lab

The Green Lab

Our Green Lab (previously Green Roof) Demonstration Garden was completed in May 2014 and launched in July 2014 with a talk from local ecologist and Green Roof expert, Dr Colin Meurk. The roofs were designed by Greening the Rubble staff using a range of techniques and plants.

Growing conditions on a roof are pretty challenging if you are a plant, as it’s windy, dry and very well-drained. Also, the growing medium can only be very shallow because of weight constraints on the roof structure…

Coffee Zone

Coffee Zone

Coffee Zone was one of our first projects constructed in early 2011 and it still remains today, making it our longest running garden! The site is owned by the Gin Family Trust and we share it with Ian Carter’s coffee kiosk, Coffee Zone…

Propeller Benches

Propeller Benches

Our Propeller Benches debuted at the SCIRT World Buskers Festival in 2015. They were designed and built under copyright by Jonathan Hall, GtR Site Supervisor (with a bit of help from the team). They can fit together in a multitude of ways to best make use of a space. These will pop up in different events around the city, so keep an eye out!

Places of Tranquillity

Places of Tranquillity

This idea behind this garden was to work with the city’s ethnic communities to include their traditions, cultures and spiritual beliefs in a public space. The goal was to ensure that these communities’ voices and presence is more visible in the rebuild of our city. There were three key partners in this collaborative project…

Pod Oasis – Re:Start Mall

Pod Oasis – Re:Start Mall

The Pod Oasis was created as an award-winning garden at Ellerslie International Flower Show in Hagley Park in February 2014. After deconstruction there, it was moved to Re:Start Mall. The concept design by GtR Site Supervisor, Jonathan Hall, and colleagues earned Ellerslie Show grant funding and was built with help from gardener Gina Payne and a team of volunteers.

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