Gar­den­ers can be win­ners

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Call­ing all green-fin­gered heroes.

The New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine is look­ing for you as part of its an­nual Gar­dener of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

It is held in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ki­wicare, and there is $25,000 of gar­den gear in prizes.

Edi­tor Jo McCar­roll says the aim is to cel­e­brate Ki­wis who are help­ing oth­ers in their com­mu­nity through gar­den­ing.

‘‘In pre­vi­ous years we’ve had nom­i­na­tions for peo­ple who’ve in­spired kids through school gar­dens, who’ve raised money for char­ity through a plant stall, and who have grown food to share with strug­gling fam­i­lies, but ev­ery year we hear about other great Kiwi gar­den­ers do­ing amaz­ing things.’’

Gar­den­ers can be nom­i­nated in 10 cat­e­gories: Ju­nior Novice Best Green-Fin­gered Neigh­bour Make a Dif­fer­ence Gar­dener Gar­den Club Champ Best School Gar­den/Gar­dener Best Vege Gar­dener Best Flower Gar­dener Best Com­mu­nity Gar­den/Pro­ject Best Gar­den­ing Grand­par­ent. The fi­nal­ists’ sto­ries will be in the Oc­to­ber is­sue of the mag­a­zine and read­ers then get to vote which of the 10 cat­e­gory win­ners should be named New Zealand Gar­dener’s 2013 Gar­dener of the Year.

‘‘Re­ceiv­ing the award en­tries is one of the high­lights of the year for us at the mag­a­zine,’’ Ms McCar­roll says.

‘‘We laugh, we cry and we are al­ways gen­uinely moved by peo­ple’s kind­ness and sense of com­mu­nity that seems to come with their joy of gar­den­ing.’’

There is such a high cal­i­bre of can­di­dates, Ms McCar­roll says she is glad the over­all win­ner is cho­sen by pub­lic vote. The over­all win­ner will re­ceive a year’s worth of Ki­wicare Gar­den Prod­ucts, $2500 of Mitre 10 gift cards, $2500 of Go Gar­den­ing gift cards and a lux­ury trip for two to the 2014 Eller­slie In­ter­na­tional Flower Show in Christchurch.

‘‘I love all our fi­nal­ists. I could never pick a win­ner so I’m glad it’s left up to the read­ers to choose.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion at­tracts hun­dreds of en­tries and thou­sands of votes

Last year’s win­ner, Sis­ter Rose­mary Rev­ell from Auck­land, says if you know a gar­dener worth cel­e­brat­ing, nom­i­nate them at once.

‘‘It’s been an aw­ful lot of fun for me and the prizes were just amaz­ing,’’ she says.

Photo: JOHN SELKIRK

Gar­den win­ner: Sis­ter Rose­mary Rev­ell is New Zealand Gar­dener’s 2012 Gar­dener of the Year. She is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get in­volved in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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