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Weeding out top gardeners

Last updated 09:09 11/07/2013
GARDENER
JOHN SELKIRK

DIVINE REAPING: Sister Rosemary Revell won last year’s New Zealand Gardener of the Year title with the New Zealand Gardener magazine.

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Do we have a nor-west grown green-fingered hero?

The annual Gardener of the Year competition is harvesting candidates.

The 7th awards, in association with Kiwicare, has $25,000 in handy garden gear up for grabs.

New Zealand Gardener magazine Editor Jo McCarroll says the aim is to celebrate Kiwis who are helping others in their community through gardening.

"In previous years we've had nominations for people who've inspired kids through school gardens, who've raised money for charity through a plant stall, and who have grown food to share with struggling families, but every year we hear about other great Kiwi gardeners doing amazing things."

Gardeners can be nominated in ten categories: Junior, Novice, Best Green-Fingered Neighbour, Make a Difference Gardener, Garden Club Champ, Best School Garden/Gardener, Best Vege Gardener, Best Flower Gardener, Best Community Garden/Project and Best Gardening Grandparent.

The finalists' stories will be in the October issue of the magazine and readers can vote which one of the ten category winners should be

named New Zealand Gardener's 2013 Gardener of the Year.

"Receiving the award entries is one of the highlights of the year for us at the magazine. We laugh, we cry and we are always genuinely moved by people's kindness and sense of community that seems to come with their joy of gardening," Jo says.

There's such a high calibre of candidates, Jo admits she's glad the overall winner, who will receive a year's worth of Kiwicare Garden Products, $2500 of Mitre 10 gift cards, $2500 of Go Gardening gift cards and a luxury trip for two to the 2014 Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch, is chosen by a public vote.

Jo says the competition attracts hundreds of entries and thousands of votes, each year gaining momentum for the fiercely contested title and prize package.

Last year's winner Sister Rosemary Revell from Auckland says if you know a gardener worth celebrating, nominate them at once.

Details on how to enter are in the July issue of New Zealand Gardener on sale now. Nominations close on August 31.

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