Un­earthing great gar­den­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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