Nom­i­na­tions open for Auck­land’s top gar­dener

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The search is on for Auck­land’s top green-thumbed gar­dener.

NZ Gar­dener mag­a­zine is seek­ing nom­i­na­tions for 15 re­gional cham­pi­ons to com­pete for the na­tional ti­tle.

Re­gional win­ners re­ceive $1000 worth of gar­den­ing prod­ucts with the supreme win­ner re­ceiv­ing $5000 worth of prod­ucts from Bun­nings Ware­house and a trip for two to the 2010 Eller­slie In­ter­na­tional Flower Show.

Last year a nun from Welling­ton, Sis­ter Loy­ola Galvin, won the ti­tle for set­ting up a rent-a-veg­gie-plot scheme for apart­ment dwellers.

NZ Gar­dener ed­i­tor Lynda Hal­li­nan says the search aims to re­ward the coun­try’s un­sung hor­ti­cul­tural he­roes.

“We’re not looking for gardeners with the most man­i­cured lawn, welltrimmed box hedg­ing or those who can grow the largest pump­kins,” she says.

In­stead the mag­a­zine is seek­ing pas­sion­ate grass­roots gardeners who share their love of gar­den­ing with their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

To nom­i­nate a pas­sion­ate gar­dener, send a let­ter to: NZ Gar­dener 2009 Gar­dener of the Year, PO Box 6341, Welles­ley St or email mail­box@nz­gar dener.co.nz.

In­clude why they would make a wor­thy win­ner, your name and phone num­ber and con­tact de­tails for the per­son you have nom­i­nated.

En­tries close on June 30 and re­gional win­ners will be an­nounced in the Septem­ber is­sue.

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