Young gar­dener wins

Hamilton News - - COMMUNITY -

Hamil­to­nian and young green thumb Gabrielle Jack­son has jointly won the Cen­tral North Is­land Bud­ding Young Gar­dener ti­tle as part of the na­tional search for the inau­gu­ral Yates Bud­ding Young Gar­dener 2018 com­pe­ti­tion.

A pub­lic vot­ing sys­tem will de­cide who wins the grand prize and Gabrielle is hop­ing Hamil­ton News read­ers will vote for her.

Gabrielle, 11, has been gar­den­ing for a few years, in­spired by her grand­mother’s gar­den that she spent many hours in as a child.

“There was ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing you could ever want to eat in that gar­den and I could just help my­self. It looked like the Botanic Gar­dens,” said Gabrielle.

Now she gar­dens with her mum and en­joys har­vest­ing and eat­ing ev­ery­thing fresh.

“Know­ing ex­actly where our veges have come from and that there are no nas­ties on them is not only good for us but it’s good for the en­vi­ron­ment. I am also fas­ci­nated by the sci­ence of it all. Un­der­stand­ing the process from seed to plant, what helps them to grow and what stops them grow­ing well. Watch­ing plants grow is like magic and then there’s the best part — eat­ing the food,” said Gabrielle.

Edi­ble flow­ers are also a hit with the young gar­dener.

“We grow quite a few edi­ble flow­ers such as pan­sies, vi­o­lets and even sun­flow­ers for their seeds.”

Gabrielle has won a Yates ham­per worth over $300 and is lin­ing up with seven other re­gional win­ners for the grand prize of a trip to Aus­tralia, Yates Am­bas­sador for a year and spend­ing time in her gar­den with a Yates hor­ti­cul­tur­ist. Fiona Arthur from Yates said the com­pe­ti­tion cel­e­brates a love of gar­den­ing and en­cour­ages chil­dren to fur­ther de­velop their pas­sion.

■ The grand win­ner is de­cided by pub­lic vote which closes to­day. Visit a.cstmapp.com/ p/27268 and vote. The grand win­ner will be an­nounced dur­ing Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week — 15-22 Oc­to­ber.

Photo / Sup­plied

Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Hob­biton, Gabrielle couldn’t re­sist the op­por­tu­nity to tend the flow­ers.

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