Bloom­ing good idea re­vived by coun­cil

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

THE late, lamented James Wat­son wanted to bring it back, but it all got a bit too hard.

A gar­den com­pe­ti­tion, that is.

Port Dou­glas’s renowned gar­dener (among many other pas­sions of his) was sug­gest­ing to the coun­cil the re­vival of a gar­den com­pe­ti­tion a few years be­fore he died in 2016.

There used to be one years ago, but for what­ever rea­son it had with­ered away.

Now, af­ter work­ing on the pro­posal for a long time, coun­cil has an­nounced the Dou­glas Gar­den Awards.

“The ‘Let It Grow – Dou­glas Gar­den Awards’ is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of our com­mu­nity to present their gar­dens and gain recog­ni­tion for the pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to gar­den­ing and cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ments through­out the Dou­glas Shire,” said Mayor Ju­lia Leu.

“We have so many pas­sion­ate and cre­ative green thumbs here in Dou­glas, so it is hoped that the awards en­cour­age an even greater feel­ing of pride in our towns and fur­ther im­prove the beauty and at­trac­tive­ness of our area, for lo­cals and those con­sid­er­ing mov­ing here per­ma­nently”.

Cat­e­gories will in­clude Res­i­den­tial Gar­den for reg­u­lar homes, Acreage Gar­den for large prop­er­ties, Ed­i­ble Gar­den for fresh pro­duce and Sus­tain­able Gar­den for in­no­va­tive gar­dens in­cor­po­rat­ing sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives.

There will also be a Pro­fes­sional Gar­dener cat­e­gory for re­sorts, busi­nesses and homes es­tab­lished or main­tained by a pro­fes­sional gar­dener and a cat­e­gory for school or child­care cen­tres.

En­tries will of­fi­cially open on July 1, to en­sure gar­den­ers have enough time to pre­pare their gar­dens, with judg­ing in mid-Septem­ber.

Coun­cil will seek ad­di­tional spon­sor­ship of the Awards in the com­ing months.

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