Gardener of the Year – vote now for your favourite
It’s time for you to have your say on who is 2018 Gardener of the Year. Here are the five state finalists and instructions on how you can vote for your favourite
Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s competition. The standard of entries was exceptional, leading to some vexing moments for the judges. The states of New South Wales/ACT and Victoria/Tasmania in particular were hotly contested.
It was humbling and heartwarming to read so many tales of endeavour, persistence, vision and drive to create something beautiful, productive or restful (or all three). Several entrants spoke about gardening being a salve for grief or a form of emotional and physical therapy. Some had revegetated vast tracts of land. Others grow huge amounts of food in a quest to be self sufficient. Care of the environment, thoughtful use of resources and sensitivity to the setting was a common theme.
The sketches were incredible, too. We never expect anything other than a simple line drawing to indicate the main features, but quite a few of the drawings were minor artworks.
All up, the entries were a wonderful reinforcement of the joys and benefits of gardening and why, once you’re hooked, it’s impossible to give up.