Growing kid gets thumbs up
Tikipunga youngster Connor Burgin has won Northland’s Budding Young Gardener title and could be in the running for the national prize, if people give this green-thumbed kid the thumbs-up.
Connor, 8, with the kind of help only younger brother Zac could give, created a Nature Friendly Garden to support a healthy ecosystem. Connor filled it with bug hotels, fruit bushes, flowers, a gnome house, and a noughts and crosses game painted on a tree stump, with stones painted as bee and ladybird counters.
His current project is a Peter Rabbit Garden which will contain lots of vegies and animals, surrounded by a white picket fence.
“Now Mum and I have learned to grow lots of different vegetables and I love being able to harvest all the things I’ve grown. Eating them is the best part.” Connor’s love of nature is steering him towards a career in conservation, although he is young.
“I really want to help plants and animals as well as encouraging other people to get gardening and growing things.”
His mother Rachael said Connor had a wonderful imagination and was creative in the garden.
Connor is the Northland region’s one to watch in the national search for the inaugural Yates Budding Young Gardener 2018.
He has won a Yates hamper worth more than $300 and with seven other regional winners is vying for the big prize of a trip to Australia, becoming a Yates Ambassador and spending time in his garden with a horticulturist.
The grand winner is decided by public vote and Connor hopes Northland gets behind him.
Connor Burgin likes the eating best.