Mini rain­for­est oa­sis in With­cott

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

SELF-CON­FESSED gar­den­ing ad­dicts Kay Low and Rod Shep­erd de­scribe their win­ning gar­den as “a con­tin­u­ing labour of love.”

The With­cott cou­ple re­cently took out the first-time en­trant win­ner in the Lock­yer Val­ley Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion with their di­verse and cre­ative gar­den.

“We can­not leave the house with­out com­ing home with a new plant,” laughed Ms Low.

“But we have a few dif­fer­ent themes hap­pen­ing; there’s a lit­tle rain­for­est, and a rock­ery sec­tion with some un­usual plants, and a na­tive patch and a cot­tage gar­den.”

Af­ter the cou­ple had seen some of last year’s gar­den en­tries they de­cided their gar­den was in with a chance.

“We’ve been here for nine years now and had put so much work into the gar­den, so we thought what do we have to lose?,” Ms Low said.

“I saw the pic­tures of our home up on the screen at the Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion morn­ing tea – I was think­ing ‘that’s so nice’ – then I re­alised it was our home. “The lady had taken such lovely pho­tos of it.”

Mr Shep­ard said en­ter­ing their gar­den gave them an in­cred­i­ble sense of achieve­ment.

“It gives you some self-worth be­cause you sit back and see what you’ve cre­ated and you feel that sense of ac­com­plish­ment,“he said.

“It’s nice be­ing able to share our gar­den and it was ex­cit­ing to win.”

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

LABOUR OF LOVE: Ron Shep­ard and Kay Low’s shared pas­sion of gar­den­ing pays off.

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