QUALITY GARDENS: Warwick Horticultural Spring Garden Competition judge Barry Murphy said the standards of the 26 gardens in this year’s competition were up on previous years, despite the dry weather.
QUALITY GARDENS: Warwick Horticultural Spring Garden Competition judge Barry Murphy said the standards of the 26 gardens in this year’s competition were up on previous years, despite the dry weather. Jayden Brown

Rose City gardens bloomin’ amazing

DESPITE the forces of nature being largely against them, this year's crop of Spring Garden Competition entrants have made a good impression on returning judge Barry Murphy.

As he wandered around one of the 26 gardens entered in the Warwick Horicultural Society's competition, the veteran Stanthorpe gardener said the standard of entries this year was up on previous years.

"The standard is usually quite good," he said.

"There's been a couple of new gardens with some real potential this year - we tend to get a lot of beginners giving it a go."

With recent dry weather and a very frosty winter, the Rose City's green thumbs have been battling hard to keep their gardens in top condition.

Mr Murphy said he made allowances for the dry weather when judging.

"It's pretty dry as far as the lawns are concerned - that's to be expected," he said. "Despite it all the gardens are looking quite good."

Joining Mr Murphy for the several days of judging was Warwick Horticultural Society secretary Margot Cory.

Mrs Cory said she was happy with the number of entries receieved in the competition, with gardens entered from Allora, Clintonvale and Stanthorpe as well.

"It's not the biggest entry we've ever had - but 26 is a good number," she said.

"Everything is going well - every section had entries, except the junior gardens."

A list of winners and garden photos will be published in the Daily News on Saturday, with awards to be presented at the Spring Flower Show in St Mary's Hall on October 16.



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