May 2, 2011
The Auckland Landscape Supplies Giant Atlantic Pumpkin Growing Competition Update.
Giant Atlantic Pumpkin Growing Competition. Watch the Hippos at the Auckland Zoo eating and playing with the pumpkins we donated.
In March we held a judging day for our Giant Atlantic Pumpkin Competition. We had a huge turn out and were surprised at how many truly big pumpkins that were entered.
It was a very successful day and lots of families had fun and received lots of prizes.
We would really like to thank Hillsborough Primary School for hosting the event, the families who gave up their gardens and participated in the long growing season, and Heather Tait and Living Earth who donated products for the day and helped with judging the event.
After the event some of the children kept their pumpkins to try various recipes with, such as pumpkin pie or to make jack'o lanterns. But many others decided to donate their pumpkins to the Auckland Zoo for the Behaviour Enrichment Programmes of the various animals.
The zoo was very excited to receive these giant pumpkins and the keepers of the Hippo River were kind enough to take some footage of the hippos having fun playing with the pumpkins. Please click the link below to check out this video.