First-time entrant takes out garden competition

First time entrant Linda Miller scored a win over seasoned gardeners in this year's Keeping Up Appearances Garden competition.

The judges described her garden as ‘fantastic, with a diverse range of beautifully maintained plants and landscape features’.

She won the Collie and Districts Community Bank Branch award from last year's winner, Nancy Riley, with Donna and Andrew Whitney in third place.

Ian Moody's passion for growing fruit and vegetables won him the award for the best edible garden, while Viviana and Tony Kent's clean, simply designed garden took the Waterwise prize.

Second place in the Waterwise section was taken by Fairview Primary School, with Our Community Garden third.

A separate schools section was won by Fairview Primary School, from Amaroo and Allanson.

Collie Garden Lovers provided feature and incentive prizes.

Best lawn was entered by Wendy and Allan Banks, Clare Clark best roses, and Michelle Cain with best feature plant, an agave.

Tidy Towns chairperson Nola Green thanked all the entrants, the Collie and Districts Community Bank Branch and the Collie Garden Lovers.

She said the competition was started more than 20 years ago as part of the effort by the Tidy Towns Committee to improve the appearance of the town.

With the national judge due in Collie early next year, she appealed to all residents to ensure the town is looking its best.