The Lowvelder

Close call in garden competitio­n

- Linzetta Calitz

WHITE RIVER - There is nothing like a garden competitio­n to make you feel like you are truly in spring.

The Care Buddies of this town organised exactly that for the residents of Macadamia Retirement Village. The prize-giving for this competitio­n took place on September 15 and was paired with snacks, coffee and tea to make it the perfect afternoon outing.

Hannes Scholtz, a landscaper by trade, was the judge for the competitio­n, and said he was impressed with the amount of effort residents put into readying their gardens.

They had some interestin­g and sometimes challengin­g spaces to work with, but they used them well, said Scholtz.

Various aspects of the gardens were considered in the judging. Scholtz said it was a very close call for the winning position.

Ansie Vlok's garden was awarded the first prize with a wide variety of plants and everything in its place. Gerhard and Marjorie Beukes’ garden would fit right in with the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and earned them a second place.

Mark Uren’s garden came in third.

The top three were unfortunat­ely unable to attend the prize-giving, and the prizes were

accepted on their behalf.

 ?? ?? Hannes Scholtz, Jean Forder, Fiona Renacle, Barbara Buck, Nancy Grover, Joan van Zyl, Geoff Grover and Alice de Beer.
Hannes Scholtz, Jean Forder, Fiona Renacle, Barbara Buck, Nancy Grover, Joan van Zyl, Geoff Grover and Alice de Beer.
 ?? ?? Arno and Hanneli Marais.
Arno and Hanneli Marais.
 ?? ?? Fiona Renacle and James Lemmon.
Fiona Renacle and James Lemmon.
 ?? ?? Flowers from the winning garden.
Flowers from the winning garden.

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