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Rural garden wins Mayor’s Award in garden competition

A passion for gardening and a touch of history have combined to win the Mayor’s Award at the Latrobe City Garden Competition last night. Athol and Denise Brand’s slice of paradise was also the winner of the best large garden category.

By Portal Admin - 4th December 2017 - Back to News

A passion for gardening and a touch of history have combined to win the Mayor’s Award at the Latrobe City Garden Competition last night. Athol and Denise Brand’s slice of paradise was also the winner of the best large garden category.

Latrobe City Council’s mayor, Councillor Darrell White, said the judges were amazed by the five acre property in Hazelwood North, as well as all of the entries.

"This year, there were 45 entries to the competition, across seven categories. The judges were thrilled with the high standard of presentation for the judging process but also with the effort the entrants had clearly made throughout the year.

"The vision behind the winning garden property is amazing. The owners’ combined passion has resulted in a stunning garden, with lots of local history intertwined with interesting planting, colour and adventure. To see all three judges equally in awe of the work speaks volumes," Cr White said.

"The Mayor’s Encouragement Award was presented to John and Lorraine Totton of Moe. The garden had been completely revamped in just a few short years when they moved from Pakenham. The judges praised its immaculate presentation with loads of colour and interest throughout the seasons.

"And also a special mention to the winner of the Mayor’s Sustainability Award - the Yinnar Community Garden. With all the sustainable gardening practises in place, the group work hard to teach these skills to their local community," Cr White said.

"Our sponsors donated generous prizes for the winners and runners up in each of the categories, and our judges donated their time to spend thoroughly assessing the gardens.

"Congratulations go once again to the winners and runners up, and to all the entrants. This competition is not about the prizes, it’s about celebrating the community’s creativity, dedication and community pride," Cr White concluded.

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