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Striking garden wins top prize

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

White Cliffs resident Doug Torpy in his picture that will feature on the cover of the local phone book. PICTURE: Supplied White Cliffs resident Doug Torpy in his picture that will feature on the cover of the local phone book. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily Roberts

Not only is Doug Torpy a gardening great, he has now been crowned this year’s Yellow and White Pages front cover model.

Following a competition to find a Gardening Great for the region, White Cliffs resident Doug will feature on the front cover of this year’s 2018/19 Yellow Pages and White Pages Broken Hill phone book, along with his top gardening tip.

The search for the Gardening Great exists as a result of the partnership between the Yellow Pages, White Pages and the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network (ACFCGN).

The ACFCGN promotes the benefits of gardening and urban agriculture, and facilitates the formation and management of community gardens.

Doug impressed the panel of judges after he entered a photo of his striking garden along with his gardening tip.

He said he found out a few months ago he had won a competition but didn’t know it would mean appearing on the front cover of the phone book.

“I was a bit dumbfounded by it all,” Doug said.

“There are a lot more flashy gardens than mine. I haven’t got lawns, I haven’t got flash trees.”

What Doug has, however, is the ability to create a drought-friendly garden.

“I’ve got sculptures that I made myself, bits of old wood - it is drought-friendly.”

But Doug said he was a bit nervous about getting in a cover-shot photo.

“It was scary getting a big photographer out here,” he said.

He also hasn’t told many people about his featuring on the telephone book.

“Only three people know; the two people that organised it and my partner,” he said.

“I’ve kept my mouth shut, which is amazing.

“When I found out I was chosen as a Gardening Great, I was totally shocked but very excited to accept the title. 

“I have been gardening for six years and have found no better way to relax and be creative, while also contributing to making my community more sustainable and beautiful. 

“I hope my gardening tip will inspire others in the Broken Hill region to get out and start a garden of their own.”

His tip, and the secret to his healthy garden, will appear on the inside of the  cover, alongside details of the work that the ACFCGN does in the area.

Distribution of the phone book will take place next month.

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