Saturday, 20 September 2014

Two Consecutive Wins for Champion Garden

Champion Garden of  Gaye & Bob Tarry - they also had the Champion Garden last year

This garden also took out the Waterwise B, Home garden over 1000 square metres and most attractive front garden categories.
Comments from Diana Harden, Judge 2014:
'The gardens in the block size from 1001 to 4000 square metres were of high quality and of a wide variety of styles. Some of the gardens have been lovingly worked on for many years, with a mix of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals surrounding lawn areas. It was inspiring to see so many vegetable gardens and fruit trees not just in this category, but in many of the categories.'

Reserve Champion garden of Peg Willmott at Woolgoolga

Peg's garden was also awarded 1st in the Home garden over 4000 square metres category and Peg wears the crown for the best over 75 years gardener category (we have it on good authority that Peg hasn't seen 75 for quite a while!) Peg believes a walk in the garden every morning is better than taking a pill.
Comments from Diana Harden:
'The gardens in this category were very diverse. The gardeners have used the garden room concept by dividing the large space into smaller spaces, defined by garden beds planted with trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. The Highly Commended garden has terraces to a large sloping site and mass planted with a variety of species. A waterfall and paved seating area has been hand dug by the owner over some years, an impressive effort. There are paths meandering through the garden. In this category the gardens often made use of the borrowed landscape.'

This second placed Home garden with a block size over 4000 square metres is a wonderful mix of edible fruits and vegetables planted all around this garden. (This property was missed out of the listing in the Advocate) - it can be found at 
34 Stockmans Drive, Moonee Beach
See Diana Harden's comments on this category above.

The Judge's Encouragement award was presented to Fiona Simmonds. 
Comments from Diana Harden:  'The worthy winner of the Garden Mania Judge's Encouragement Award would be Fiona Simmonds. Fiona is creating a garden out of a weed-infested site, and her enthusiasm is evident at finding a lost garden under the weeds. Fiona's garden has artful elements using found and recycled objects. Her protective cover for her vegetable garden is very innovative.'

Judy Luckie's beautiful garden took out the 
Waterwise A category as well as the Home garden block sized between 601 - 1000 square metres.
Comments from Diana Harden:
'There were three exceptional entries in this block size category. The gardens placed 1st and 2nd have strong themes in the planting and associated hard landscaping.'

There will be more award winning garden photos posted over the coming months

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