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