Crown­ing Napier’s best gar­dener

More come to see city’s top gar­dens

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

The num­ber of peo­ple stop­ping by to see last year’s Napier Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion over­all win­ner hasn’t slowed — if any­thing, it’s grown.

En­tries to the Napier Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion, which is run an­nu­ally by the Spirit of Napier Lions Club in con­junc­tion with Napier City Coun­cil, are open from now un­til Oc­to­ber 31.

The 2017 win­ner Glo­ria Mauloni, who isn’t en­ter­ing this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, mod­estly puts some of the con­tin­ued in­ter­est down to be­ing in a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion, on the cor­ner of Kennedy and Welles­ley Roads.

“We’ve con­stantly had peo­ple say­ing how lovely it is, and we al­ways in­vite them in to take pho­tos.”

While no one can pre­dict what the judges will be look­ing for, lots of colour and gar­den art has worked for Glo­ria and hus­band Bob, she says.

The cou­ple bought the prop­erty four years ago and it has un­der­gone a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion. It has been a great spot to grow a va­ri­ety of roses and colour­ful plants, she says, and to dis­play Glo­ria’s col­lec­tion of gar­den art, some of it up­cy­cled from previous lives as, for ex­am­ple, a balustrade and bed­head. The ex­pe­ri­enced gar­dener has lived in Hawke’s Bay for eight years, first at Waipuku­rau, where she learned how to cre­ate a gar­den to cope with frosts, and Awa­toto, where salt spray was the chal­lenge.

There are 11 cat­e­gories in the com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing best first time en­try, best veg­etable gar­den, best out­door en­ter­tain­ment area and “dob in a gar­den” — to nom­i­nate a gar­den they ad­mire that’s not their own. There are also two chil­dren’s cat­e­gories — school gar­dens, and pre-school gar­dens.

■ En­tries for the Napier Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion 2018 close on Oc­to­ber 31. Judg­ing takes place on Novem­ber 5 and 6, and the prize­giv­ing will be held on Novem­ber 16. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to en­ter, go to www.napier.govt.nz #gar­den­com­pe­ti­tion, or tele­phone the Spirit of Napier Lions Club on 844 0439.

Glo­ria Mauloni, 2017 Napier Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion over­all win­ner, at 1 Kennedy Road.

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