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ROOTY Hill’s Han­nelore Naw­ies­niak and hus­band Joe have won Black­town Council’s award for Best Gar­den (Ward 4).

The pair spend six days a week in their own lit­tle slice of par­adise which boasts a foun­tain, home­made wa­ter­fall, gold­fish pond, palm trees, bromeli­ads, roses and laven­der.

“I was sur­prised,” Mrs Naw­ies­niak said.

“It’s our first time we have en­tered. Peo­ple kept telling us to en­ter. I thought ‘there must be some lovely gar­dens around’.”

The gar­den has changed sev­eral times, and was nearly de­stroyed dur­ing the se­vere hail­storm in April 2015.

“I was dev­as­tated; it took 18 months to cut out the dead plants,” Mrs Naw­ies­niak said.

She said the key to a beau­ti­ful gar­den was pas­sion and prun­ing.

“You have to en­joy gar­den­ing and love it,” she said.

Joe and Han­nelore Naw­ies­niak in their award­win­ningn­ning gar­den at Rooty Hill. l. Pic­ture: Justin San­son GAR­DEN VOICE Per­fume and colour

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