First time the charm

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

MORE than 40 years of work have gone into Trevor and Valetta Heck’s Fair­ney View prop­erty, and that work has paid off – earn­ing them a win in their first ever Som­er­set Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion.

The cou­ple moved to the ru­ral prop­erty 42 years ago, and started on the gar­den im­me­di­ately.

“We just planted a few things and each gar­den grew big­ger over­time,” Mrs Heck said.

“We didn’t have a master idea, it just grew over time.”

This year was the first time the pair had en­tered, and they were over the moon to have taken out the Best Ru­ral Gar­den.

The cou­ple have dif­fer­ent tastes in plants to a cer­tain ex­tent, of­ten tak­ing bet­ter care of their favourites while leav­ing their bet­ter half to care of their own.

Mrs Heck is par­tic­u­larly fond of her bromeli­ads and the colour they bring, while Trevor en­joys watch­ing his trees grow over the years – par­tic­u­larly his grass trees which are cur­rently in full bloom.

Their tip for bud­ding green thumbs was to work with what you have, and use ex­ist­ing plants to your ad­van­tage.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC EL­SOME

SUC­CESS: Trevor and Valetta Heck won best ru­ral gar­den with their first en­try to the com­pe­ti­tion.

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