“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul”.
— Alfred Austin
A favourite event of the OCHT team and our tenants is the annual Garden Awards. It is a time to show-off all the hard work our green-thumbed tenants have put in over the spring and summer.
This year has been truly amazing, with some beautiful entries from our wonderful tenants. Summer gardens were judged during January, with the judging panel including OCHT Deputy Chair Pam Sharpe and David Moyle from the Christchurch Beautifying Association. They were assisted by Rick Fraser – OCHT’s Community Development Coordinator.
The team of judges took a close look at the front and rear of the gardens and were particularly interested in good healthy growth, tidy presentation, very little weeds, good colour and/or a wealth of healthy vegetables.
Yesterday at the Christchurch Central Library the winners were announced at a ceremony to more than 70 attendees.
Congratulations to Alice Tomlin who received first place.
Rick Fraser said the winners demonstrated a strong knowledge of horticulture and that it was great to see so many flower and vegetable gardens flourishing.
“There was lots of colour and it was obvious how much time the winners spent on their beautiful gardens. This year we were wowed by the high standards across many of the complexes. It was a tough decision and so we were delighted to award first, second and third equal prizes and many highly commended certificates. Well done to all.”
For the first time there was also an award for the best complex which went to Cedar Park Complex
A record number of 119 certificates were awarded, including 28 highly commended.
Congratulations to the winners and our gardeners 😊