Gar­den pair wor­thy win­ners

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Kelly Bell

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.

Pic­ture: Louise White

Sus­tain­able gar­den com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Ian Worth and his wife Leila in their back­yard.

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