Home garden champions

Passionate gardeners Yvonne and Robert Fletcher’s garden is constantly evolving and they are thrilled to win Best Residential Garden in the Gisborne Community Garden Competition for their Nelson Road property. Yvonne says the garden had good bones when they bought the property 20 years ago, but since then they have added ponds, a large rock water feature and stream, paths and a old-fashioned telephone box. “There is aways something to do in the garden. It is our hobby and we love it.” Yvonne and Robert are pictured sitting on a wooden bench made by Robert in a section of the garden shaded by natives, with a bird-of-paradise that came from Yvonne’s childhood garden. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
SUMMER BLOOMS: Mayoress Ying Foon with this year’s winners of Best Commercial Garden (from left) Dee Mantell-Harding, Paul Delamain and Barry Ria, with competition organisers Deidree Twigley, Kerry Jones and Fay Hay.

A LABOUR of love is how Yvonne and Robert Fletcher describe their prize-winning garden.

When not playing golf, you will find Yvonne and Robert in their beautifully landscaped garden, with sections containing water features, roses, bromeliads, clematis and a bird-of-paradise, among the many plant varieties featured.

They were inspired to get the garden looking its best after beng asked if the Whenuapai Garden Club could do a tour.

With that done, they decided to enter the Gisborne Community Garden Competition and now have been paid the ultimate compliment, winning Best Residential Garden.

There are a lot of hidden delights and surprises in the large garden. Rather than follow a plan, the couple have let the garden evolve naturally, following their gardeners’ instincts.

The sweet fragrance of star jasmine fills the air and there is even an old red telephone box, which adds a sense of playfulness to a bark garden that leads to the vegetable beds.

Asked if he liked to potter in the couple’s award winning garden, Mr Fletcher said there was not a lot of pottering going on and that lately it had just been a lot of “hard yakka”.

This intense work was in preparation for a visit from a busload of women from the Whenuapai Garden Club in West Auckland.

“We had got the garden looking so tidy especially for that visit, so I decided we should enter the local competition,” Mes Fletcher said. The rest is history.

Yvonne is a a member of Te Hapara Floral Art and Garden Club and was involved in the 50th Anniversary of the Art in the Garden event at the Bushmere Arms in October. She is also area secretary of the Gisborne East Coast Floral Art Society.

“Gardening is a big part of our lives.”

This year’s contest featured 15 categories, with The Kiri Te Kanawa Village winning Best Commerical Garden for its carefully-tended flower beds and manicured lawns.

Head gardener Paul Delamain is kept busy tending the large site with its roses and colourful pink and purple summer blooms. In winter they will be replaced with primulas as part of the annual planting design he said.

Dee Mantell-Harding also works full time in the garden and loves it, having worked in nurseries before, while Barry Ria is there part-time keeping the garden looking its best for residents and visitors.

Results

Champion Garden: Yvonne and Robert Fletcher, runner up Janette Boyd.

Champion Commercial Garden: Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village, runner up Bushmere Arms.

Garden over 1/4 acre: Yvonne and Robert Fletcher 1, Neil Anderson 2, Janette Boyd 3.

Garden under 1/4 acre: Peter King 1, Jannah Mitchell 2, Glenys Windsor 3.

New Garden (up to three years): Noeline Spencer 1, Janette Boyd 2, Gayl Kirkpatrick 3.

Garden of Flat or Unit: Margaret Ferris 1, John Shandley 2.

Vegetable Garden: Garth Ritchie 1, Dianne Whakapapa 2, Laurie Gooch 3.

View from Road or Gateway: Neil Anderson 1, Graeme Newman 2, Janette Boyd 3.

Courtyard Garden (BBQ or patio areas): Laurie Gooch 1, Jannah Mitchell 2, Glenys Windsor 3.

Person 65 and under working full time: Janette Boyd 1, Jannah Mitchell 2, Christine Beard 3.

Golden Age 65-plus: Neil Anderson 1, Yvonne and Robert Fletcher 2, Graeme Newman 3.

Modern Garden Stone and Bark: Glenys Windsor 1, Janette Boyd 2.

Children’s Garden (15yrs and under): Y Kids YMCA, Roebuck Road 1, Y Tamariki, 224 Wainui Road 2, Y Arataha, 224 Wainui Road 3.

Special Award: Maria Nouvel and Sonya Atkin.

Best Street: Charteris Rise.

Courtyard Garden (commercial): Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village 1, Dunblane Rest Home 2, Beetham Lifestyle Village 3.

Special Award: LeaderBrand.

Best Garden Rest Home and Village: Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village 1, Dunblane Rest Home 2; Leighton House 3.

Garden Commercial: Bushmere Arms, Robin Pearson 1; Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village 2; Dunblane Rest Home 3.

Special Award: Leaderbrand.

A LABOUR of love is how Yvonne and Robert Fletcher describe their prize-winning garden.

When not playing golf, you will find Yvonne and Robert in their beautifully landscaped garden, with sections containing water features, roses, bromeliads, clematis and a bird-of-paradise, among the many plant varieties featured.

They were inspired to get the garden looking its best after beng asked if the Whenuapai Garden Club could do a tour.

With that done, they decided to enter the Gisborne Community Garden Competition and now have been paid the ultimate compliment, winning Best Residential Garden.

There are a lot of hidden delights and surprises in the large garden. Rather than follow a plan, the couple have let the garden evolve naturally, following their gardeners’ instincts.

The sweet fragrance of star jasmine fills the air and there is even an old red telephone box, which adds a sense of playfulness to a bark garden that leads to the vegetable beds.

Asked if he liked to potter in the couple’s award winning garden, Mr Fletcher said there was not a lot of pottering going on and that lately it had just been a lot of “hard yakka”.

This intense work was in preparation for a visit from a busload of women from the Whenuapai Garden Club in West Auckland.

“We had got the garden looking so tidy especially for that visit, so I decided we should enter the local competition,” Mes Fletcher said. The rest is history.

Yvonne is a a member of Te Hapara Floral Art and Garden Club and was involved in the 50th Anniversary of the Art in the Garden event at the Bushmere Arms in October. She is also area secretary of the Gisborne East Coast Floral Art Society.

“Gardening is a big part of our lives.”

This year’s contest featured 15 categories, with The Kiri Te Kanawa Village winning Best Commerical Garden for its carefully-tended flower beds and manicured lawns.

Head gardener Paul Delamain is kept busy tending the large site with its roses and colourful pink and purple summer blooms. In winter they will be replaced with primulas as part of the annual planting design he said.

Dee Mantell-Harding also works full time in the garden and loves it, having worked in nurseries before, while Barry Ria is there part-time keeping the garden looking its best for residents and visitors.

Results

Champion Garden: Yvonne and Robert Fletcher, runner up Janette Boyd.

Champion Commercial Garden: Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village, runner up Bushmere Arms.

Garden over 1/4 acre: Yvonne and Robert Fletcher 1, Neil Anderson 2, Janette Boyd 3.

Garden under 1/4 acre: Peter King 1, Jannah Mitchell 2, Glenys Windsor 3.

New Garden (up to three years): Noeline Spencer 1, Janette Boyd 2, Gayl Kirkpatrick 3.

Garden of Flat or Unit: Margaret Ferris 1, John Shandley 2.

Vegetable Garden: Garth Ritchie 1, Dianne Whakapapa 2, Laurie Gooch 3.

View from Road or Gateway: Neil Anderson 1, Graeme Newman 2, Janette Boyd 3.

Courtyard Garden (BBQ or patio areas): Laurie Gooch 1, Jannah Mitchell 2, Glenys Windsor 3.

Person 65 and under working full time: Janette Boyd 1, Jannah Mitchell 2, Christine Beard 3.

Golden Age 65-plus: Neil Anderson 1, Yvonne and Robert Fletcher 2, Graeme Newman 3.

Modern Garden Stone and Bark: Glenys Windsor 1, Janette Boyd 2.

Children’s Garden (15yrs and under): Y Kids YMCA, Roebuck Road 1, Y Tamariki, 224 Wainui Road 2, Y Arataha, 224 Wainui Road 3.

Special Award: Maria Nouvel and Sonya Atkin.

Best Street: Charteris Rise.

Courtyard Garden (commercial): Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village 1, Dunblane Rest Home 2, Beetham Lifestyle Village 3.

Special Award: LeaderBrand.

Best Garden Rest Home and Village: Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village 1, Dunblane Rest Home 2; Leighton House 3.

Garden Commercial: Bushmere Arms, Robin Pearson 1; Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village 2; Dunblane Rest Home 3.

Special Award: Leaderbrand.

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