Bundy gardens are bloomin' beauties
PLANTS, pots and pride were on the line yesterday when the winners of the Bundy in Bloom Garden Competition were announced.
Garden gurus from Biggenden to Bargara gave their all to go head to head with some of the most colourful, creative and captivating gardens in the region.
In the end, Sharon couple Val and John Johnson proved their green thumbs were the best, taking out the Grand Champion title.
“This is very exciting,” Mrs Johnson said.
Mrs Johnson said their garden held a huge array of plants.
“We mainly developed it as a rainforest garden,” she said.
“We have lots of shrubs and flowers and creepers. Someone once told me I had more plants than them and they had the botanic gardens.”
The competition judges said the Johnsons' garden had a “fantastic range and variety of plants”, but that it was also obvious there was a great deal amount of time, effort and love put into it.
Nature lover Joy Biersteker, who took out the Best Native Garden title, said she spent up to 14 hours every day in her two gardens.
“We get goannas, bandicoots, lizards, snakes and even a dingo at one garden. This was the first time we entered, so it's nice to win.”
Betty and Noel Cullen started their garden from scratch just 15 months ago and were awarded the Best Foliage Garden title.
“We spent a lot of time establishing it and now it's just for enjoyment and maintenance,” Mr Cullen said.
“We sit and look at it in the morning and watch the birds come in.”
Childers woman Rosemary Andersson impressed with her garden, which was runner-up after Gin Gin State School in the Best Vegetable Patch section.
“I started the garden in 2000 and have all the vegetables you can imagine,” she said.
“It's very sustainable. I don't need to buy any vegies.”
Mrs Andersson does not use chemicals on her crop, meaning the produce was always healthy and fresh.
“I think everyone should grow a vegetable garden even if it's in pots.”
The Tom Quinn Centre took out the Most Colourful Commercial, Industrial Premises for the fifth year running and head gardener Ray Gough said it was always nice to get the recognition.
Mr Gough said gardening was his life, working as a gardener at the centre and tending to his home garden.