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

Gardening Australia - - CONTENTS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.