Vote for the 2017 Gardener of the Year

Robyn Edie SANDRA SIMPSON CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF JASON DORDAY/STUFF JASON DORDAY/STUFF

Only last year the Balclutha Community Garden was just an unused quarter-acre block of land with an old house on it. Now there are 12 raised beds that are helping supply local residents with an abundance of fresh, healthy food - thanks to these dedicated volunteers.

These dedicated volunteers from the Bay of Plenty Tree Society created one of the best collections of rare and unusual trees in the country.

Rebekah Manley-Campbell and Samantha Claire have worked to ensure that those with intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries have a garden with organic vegetable beds, subtropicals and flowers to help them learn and relax, and form relationships with their local communities in Thames.

Trevor Crosby is fighting to save a a food forest in the heart of Auckland. He sees it as a "hidden biodiversity jewel" that is worth preserving for future generations to enjoy.

Andrea Reid has ambitious plan to create pollinator pathways connecting parks and reserves across Auckland city.

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Gardening magazine NZ Gardener has announced the finalists for its annual GARDENA Gardener of the Year awards. 

There are contestants from Auckland, Tauranga, Thames and Balclutha, and these individuals and groups are being honoured for the amazing work they have done in their communities and neighbourhood. 

The finalists are:
* Andrea Reid, Auckland
* Trevor Crosby, Auckland
Rebekah Manley-Campbell & Samantha Claire, Thames
* Bay of Plenty Tree Society, Tauranga
* Balclutha Community Garden, Balclutha

2017 GARDENA Gardener of the Year
NZ Gardener

2017 GARDENA Gardener of the Year

 

 

Even if you don't have a green thumb though, you can still help shine a light on their efforts. Readers and the public are invited to vote for their favourite, namely the group or individual they think is most deserving of the honour.

Once you enter your vote, your name goes in the draw to win one of 10 pairs of heavy-duty gardening gloves.

Vote for your GARDENA Gardener of the Year 2017!

 

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