Gardening a new neighbourly sport

2015-10-27 06:00
Entrants in the first-ever Harfield Village gardening competition at the prize-giving held at Purley Park last week.

Entrants in the first-ever Harfield Village gardening competition at the prize-giving held at Purley Park last week.

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The first Harfield Village gardening competition was a roaring success, the organisers say. Now they are planning to do it every year.

The organisers say it wouldn’t be a success without all the people who entered (“Win big with your garden”, People’s Post, 18 August).

In preparing for the bid day the village was abuzz with soil-turning activity, including rushed weekends of preparation in the rain. Judgement day was perfect and had beautiful weather. There was an open garden day tour and a prizegiving in Purley Park last week.

The organisers say they saw some amazing gardens – wild and wonderful, neat as a pin, classical elegance, English country, indigenous paradise . . .

What impressed most was how well the gardens were designed around the needs of the families who live in them. All were well-used and an extension of the living space. Many had vegetable patches and herbs in pots could be found everywhere. Most were totally organic. The two winners in each of the five categories received a R500 voucher from Hart Nursery and a dinner for two at one of the supporting restaurants, Banana Jam, Oblivion, Graze, Blue Fin, First on 2nd and Fat Harry’s. The runners-up received a R250 voucher each and a bottle of Spier wine, courtesy of Daniela of Remax.

Competition winners

. Traditional garden: Vanja Garth, Cecelia Loy

. Patio garden: Cheryl Farquharson, Lala Kruger

. Pavement garden: James Fernie, Micki Evans and Nicola Crooks

. Vegetable garden: Gabriella Garnett, Fiona Pfeiffer

. Complex garden: Aziza Isaacs, Dormax, Fiona Pfeiffer, Monte Vino

Farquharson is also the overall winner. She took home the blue ribbon, a R1000 voucher from Hart Nursery and a weekend for two at the Craigrownie 5-star Bed and Breakfast.

Gail Brown, one of the judges, says her garden is full of life.

“This is a garden that lives and breathes the love it receives from a dedicated and passionate gardener. It carries through from the pavement, through the house, to the patios that invite you to sit and enjoy the tranquil beauty of a rich assortment of flowering plants, herbs and vegetables that blend into a harmonious whole. Everything is perfect in a way that can only be achieved by loving attention, at least 360 days a year.”

Entries cost R50 each and all funds raised go the cleaning and greening fund of the Friends of Harfield Parks.

Every entrant received a bag of Volcanic rock dust, some sample organic fertilisers from Hart Nursery and an opportunity for a one-on-one chat with Pam Hart, the main judge.

Special mention was made of Yasmin Ebrahim’s indigenous pavement, Geni Spyker’s creativity and recycling efforts and Denise King’s wild garden that is a paradise for birds.

The tea at the prize-giving was given by Norgarb Properties and spot prizes were also sponsored, including hats and bags by Oggi and Tropical Traders, a yellowwood from Heartwood, pots from Stoneage, an egg cup set from Francine Becker, potted succulents from Ingrid Riemeyer, a wooden planter from Dylan and a gardener’s manicure from Milk andamp; Honey

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