Garden pair worthy winners
With its paved patios, potted plants, fruit trees and hardy native plants, a garden in Lamington has been named one of the most sustainable in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
On Wednesday, Ian and Leila Worth’s garden was announced the winner of the residential category of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group Sustainable Garden Quest.
KBULG chief executive Kim Eckert said judging was tight in this year’s competition, with only a few points separating the winners in each of the five categories.
“Visiting the different gardens made the judges realise that many of the city’s residents are endeavouring to maintain gardens which are not only suitable for our semi-arid climatic conditions but are also attractive, well maintained and aesthetically pleasing,” she said.
Mr Worth first started developing his winning garden when the couple moved into the property 19 years ago.
He had previously entered the garden in a competition several years ago, but had never won any awards.
“People come in and always say how marvellous it is but I just think it is an ordinary garden,” Mr Worth said.
Because of its low maintenance and low water consumption, Mr Worth said he spent lots of time sitting and enjoying his garden, but he does not have to work in it too often.
“You select varieties that can live through stressful times,” he said.
“The garden is fully reticulated so it gets watered twice a week — I start watering it about 3am so it has got time to soak in before the heat comes along.”
Other winners of the 2015 Sus- tainable Garden Quest were the Goldfields Baptist College, Sarah and Graeme Campbell, the First Boulder Scots Group, and the Piesse Street Apartment Block tenants.
Ms Eckert congratulated all the gardeners nominated for this year’s competition. “These gardens are a credit to all the people who entered and we hope they provide inspiration and encouragement for other property owners to take the challenge to improve and beautify their neighbourhood,” she said.
Sustainable garden competition winner Ian Worth and his wife Leila in their backyard.