Unearthing great gardeners
The hunt is on to find Auckland’s most passionate gardener.
Nominations are now open for the NZ Gardener 2008 Auckland Gardener of the Year.
This year’s Auckland winner will take home a $1000 prize package and will go on to compete against 14 other regional winners in a public vote for the supreme title – NZ Gardener 2008 NZ Gardener of the Year.
More than $20,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs, with the overall winner scooping $5000 to spend at Bunnings Warehouse and a luxury trip for two to Hunter’s Garden Marlborough in November.
NZ Gardener’s 2007 Auckland Gardener of the Year was Sue Crawshay, an enthusiastic conservationist who has overseen the planting of 100,000 trees around the region through her role with the Trees for Survival Trust.
“We’re not looking for the person with the fanciest garden or fluency in botanical Latin,” says NZ Gardener editor Lynda Hallinan.
“We’re looking for keen Kiwi gardeners who go out of their way to encourage others to get growing – and who deserve recognition for their community spirit,” she says.
“Perhaps it’s someone who always volunteers at your local garden club or a neighbour who always has a tray of free cuttings, a packet of seeds and sage advice to share. Perhaps it’s the person who first encouraged you to pick up a spade and start gardening,” she says.
Aucklanders have until June 30 to nominate their region’s most passionate gardeners.
To enter, send a letter to NZ Gardener to nominate the most passionate gardener in your region.
Detail why they’d make a worthy winner and don’t forget to include your name and phone number, plus contact details for the person you’ve nominated.
Nominations can be sent to NZ Gardener 2008 Gardener of the Year, PO Box 6341, Wellesley St, Auckland, or email mailbox@ nzgardener.co.nz.