Highest honour for contest's reluctant entrant

GREEN FINGERS: Ngaire Orford tends to her award-winning garden.
GREEN FINGERS: Ngaire Orford tends to her award-winning garden.

Ngaire Orford's decade-long "labour of love" has received the Timaru Horticultural Society's big tick.

There were 11 entrants over the four categories in the society's annual summer flower garden competition, and although Mrs Orford's was the only entrant in the "large garden" section, judge Jenni Young said it received the highest marks overall.

Mrs Orford said she was surprised that her quarter-acre garden was so well received.

"I didn't enter the competition until the last minute, someone had to twist my arm," she said.

"The garden has been a decade-long labour of love for my husband and I. There's been a lot of careful work, but it's lovely seeing people's reaction to it."

Mrs Young said she was particularly impressed with the beautiful colour of the garden's two-dozen hanging baskets - "quite an achievement" given the work involved.

Mrs Young and the other judges, Danielle Young and Pat Bain, visited the 11 gardens on Monday, and assessed them on attributes such as design, maintenance, and the quality of "annuals and perennials".

The other winners were Gay Snell in the small garden section, Ted and Mavis Falvey in the townhouse garden section, while Merrial and Bob Cameron won the Marchwiel Citizens' Challenge trophy for the best garden aged three years or under.

The Timaru Herald