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Chance for gardeners to shine

Thursday, 28th August, 2008

Broken Hill gardeners are being asked to come out of winter hibernation and enter the annual Silver City Garden Club competition. Club member

Bob Pascoe said the show usually attracts about 30 residents, but but entries for next month's competition had been down on previous years.

"They are very slow. I don't know if it's been the cold weather," he said.

"Usually we hold it in (late) September but we cop the hot weather so we brought it forward a couple of weeks."

Owing to higher water charges and changing tastes in garden styles, the club has increased the number of sections open to residents in recent years.

While more traditional sections like roses, spring flowers and cottage gardens remain, they have been joined by other categories such as native gardens, entertainment areas, modern low maintenance garden and water feature.

Others include:

  • Best shade house
  • Best senior citizens home garden
  • Best front garden
  • Best back garden
  • Best nature strip
  • Best entertainment area
  • Best vegetable garden

Last year a commercial section was introduced, which is open to government departments, hotels, motels, nursing homes and schools.

Entries close next Wednesday and judging will take place the following Monday, September 8. Entry forms can be found at Big W, Picton Plants, Council's administrative building, South Post Office, Pots and Plants and South Dry Cleaners.

Judging for the roses section will be held on September 29; entries close on September 24.

Speaking from his own well-maintained rose garden, Mr Pascoe said the competition was really about encouraging residents to take pride in their yards.

Fellow club member Ruth Milne said that Broken Hill boasted some "magnificent" gardens.

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