READY TO JUDGE: Veteran Stanthorpe gardener Barry Murphy will judge the Warwick Horticultural Society’s Spring Garden Competition again this year, with judging to begin on Monday.
READY TO JUDGE: Veteran Stanthorpe gardener Barry Murphy will judge the Warwick Horticultural Society’s Spring Garden Competition again this year, with judging to begin on Monday. File

Judge eager to smell the roses

HE'S the man with the task of judging some of the Rose City's best gardens, and with more than 40 years of gardening knowledge under his belt there's nobody better suited.

Stanthorpe green thumb Barry Murphy will make his return as a judge at the Warwick Horticultural Society's Spring Garden competition for the fourth year. Judging will begin on Monday.

And Mr Murphy is looking forward to seeing the gardens.

"I've found some very interesting gardens in the past," he said.

"At presentation time I've spoken with the owners and given them tips. Over the years I've seen them applied by some."

Gardens in Allora, Killarney, Warwick and Stanthorpe are entered in the competition, which has 18 categories suited to a range of gardeners.

Mr Murphy said there was quite a bit of work to do with the judging, which could take up to four days.

"It's quite a big job with all the travelling," he said.

"It takes an average of 10 - 15 minutes to judge each garden - you can see a lot in that time."

With more than 40 years experience, Mr Murphy said there were a few things he looked at when judging the gardens.

"I'm looking for colour, planning and tidiness - general presentation," he said.

"I've seen a lot in time and done quite a bit of landscaping."

Results of the Spring Garden Competition will be published in the Warwick Daily News at the end of next week.

The presentations will be held at the Spring Flower Show in the St Mary's Hall on October 16.



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