List of wins grows

Heather adds to her suc­cess

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Do­minic El­some do­minic.el­some@gat­ton­

HEATHER Shel­ton lives and breathes gar­den­ing.

The Kil­coy res­i­dent said her gar­den had be­come her pas­sion af­ter she re­tired from work 10 years ago.

“I would be out here all the time if I could,” Ms Shel­ton said. “I just love it. It’s good ther­apy.

“I have to tell my­self to go in­side.”

Ms Shel­ton won the Best Ur­ban Gar­den award in this year’s Som­er­set Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion, with her gor­geous front gar­den wow­ing the judges even be­fore they had ven­tured into the yard.

She had also won sev­eral Kil­coy gar­den com­pe­ti­tions for her work be­fore coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions.

Ms Shel­ton’s gar­den fea­tures a com­bi­na­tion of an­nu­als, wa­ter-wise plants and suc­cu­lents and there’s even a veg­gie patch and fairy gar­den.

The gar­den is the cul­mi­na­tion of about three decades of de­vo­tion but Ms Shel­ton said she had only be­come se­ri­ous about it in the past 10 years.

Ms Shel­ton said it was sat­is­fy­ing to bring life and colour to the world and watch­ing her cre­ation grow.

“To me it’s not a job. Ev­ery time you see some­thing new come out you think ‘oh that’s great’,” she said.

Ms Shel­ton said her ad­vice for bud­ding gar­den­ers is to just have fun and said to her it isn’t a science, sim­ply an en­joy­able pas­time.

“Some of the plants I’ve got I can’t even remember their names,” she said.

Ms Shel­ton’s gar­den, as well as many other com­pe­ti­tion en­trants, will be open for the pub­lic to view.

De­tails can be found on Som­er­set Coun­cil’s web­site.


GROW­ING SUC­CESS: Heather Shel­ton won the Best Ur­ban Gar­den award in the 2018 Som­er­set Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion with her beau­ti­fully main­tained Kil­coy prop­erty.

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