Gisborne’s champion gardener for 2018

‘I just love gardening’.

‘I just love gardening’.

TRANQUIL: In one of the corners of her champion garden is Janette “Squeak” Boyd. She says she has no master plan, and has let her garden just evolve. Pictures by Liam Clayton
COMMERCIAL CHAMP: Teal Motor Lodge manager Stewart Haynes, gardener Jenne Rudkin-Pearson, Mayoress Ying Foon and two of the garden competition organisers, Kerry Jones and Deidree Twigley, are pool-side showing one of the gardens which helped the motel take out the champion commercial garden title.
Self-confessed plantaholic, Janette Boyd.

A self-confessed plantaholic is Gisborne’s champion gardener for 2018.

After coming runner-up last year, Janette “Squeak” Boyd wasn’t going to enter the Gisborne Community Garden Competition this year but decided to at the last minute after being encouraged by organisers.

“So you’re the bride this year, having been the bridesmaid,” said one of the organisers Kerry Jones.

Janette, who is a professional gardener by trade, has been developing her “new” garden over the past four years.

She doesn’t have a master plan and has let her garden evolve, planting things where she feels they fit.

“I grew 80 percent of the plants myself . . . I just love gardening. My mum (Ngaire Greaves in Gisborne) also loves gardening, along with my mother-in law (Anne Boyd, Tauranga) whose garden I’ve raided on many occasions, as well as gardening friends where I have acquired cuttings or plants and seeds.”

She says she is lucky her husband Terry and son Marshall support her habit.

On accepting her prize at Beetham Retirement Village yesterday, she suggested a discount on council rates might encourage more people to enter the competition. “It would be a win-win for gardeners and Gisborne,” she said.

The public will have a chance to see Janette’s winning garden at 26 Ruth Street (off Nelson Road) when she opens it to the public next Thursday, December 13.

“Anyone is welcome to come and have a look between 4pm and 8pm,” she said.

One of the judges, Mayoress Ying Foon, said she was most impressed with the front entrance.

“Also the whole garden includes lots of different plants, giving texture. It is a very tranquil garden.”

Mrs Jones and Deidree Twigley, another of the five competition organisers, said the garden was “lovely”.

“The placement of plants, textures, groupings and the colours . . . it was lovely overall,” Mrs Jones said.

Janette,who is a member of the Country Garden Club, also won the sections for garden over 1000sqm and person 65 or under working full-time, and was second in the vegetable garden catergory.

The winner of the champion commercial garden was Teal Motor Lodge.

Motel gardener Jenne Rudkin-Pearson has been developing the “modern” garden for the past two years.

Also a professional gardener, she said it was like painting a picture and she was rapt to win.

Judges said the garden had clever repetition creating several restful spaces.

A regular entrant and winner, Robin Pierson’s Bushmere Arms’ garden was runner-up in the commercial section.

Mrs Jones said the entries for the competition were good with a lot of new entrants. The other three people involved in organising the annual competition were Fay Hay, Heather Gilroy and Berys McDonald.

Results —

Garden over 1000sqm (1/4 acre): Janette Boyd 1; Peter King 2; Ray Gowland 3.

Garden under 1000sqm (under 1/4 acre): Hester Harris 1; Rita MacDonald 2; Bryan and Margaret Duncan and Jacqueline Cairns 3 equal.

New garden (up to 3 years): Glenis Windsor 1; Rita Veenstra 2; Max Elliott 3.

Garden of flat or unit: Margaret Ferris 1; Linda Francis 2; Ross Kay 3.

Vegetable garden: Laurie Gooch 1; Janette Boyd 2; Glenis Windsor 3.

Best viewed from footpath or gateway: Linda Francis 1; Judy Watson 2; Glenis Windsor 3.

Courtyard (BBQ, patio): Peter King 1; Jannah Mitchell 2; Laurie Gooch 3.

Person 65/under working full-time: Janette Boyd 1; Max Elliott 2.

Golden Age 65/over: Hester Harris 1; Rita Veenstra 2; Glenis Windsor 3.

Best garden resthome or village: Beetham Village 1; Kiri Te Kanawa 2.

Commercial garden: Bushmere Arms and Teal Motor Lodge 1 equal; Evans Butchers and Tudor Park Motel 2 equal.

Champion Garden: Janette Boyd

Runner-up: Hester Harris

Commercial champion garden: Teal Motor Lodge

Runner-up: Bushmere Arms.

A self-confessed plantaholic is Gisborne’s champion gardener for 2018.

After coming runner-up last year, Janette “Squeak” Boyd wasn’t going to enter the Gisborne Community Garden Competition this year but decided to at the last minute after being encouraged by organisers.

“So you’re the bride this year, having been the bridesmaid,” said one of the organisers Kerry Jones.

Janette, who is a professional gardener by trade, has been developing her “new” garden over the past four years.

She doesn’t have a master plan and has let her garden evolve, planting things where she feels they fit.

“I grew 80 percent of the plants myself . . . I just love gardening. My mum (Ngaire Greaves in Gisborne) also loves gardening, along with my mother-in law (Anne Boyd, Tauranga) whose garden I’ve raided on many occasions, as well as gardening friends where I have acquired cuttings or plants and seeds.”

She says she is lucky her husband Terry and son Marshall support her habit.

On accepting her prize at Beetham Retirement Village yesterday, she suggested a discount on council rates might encourage more people to enter the competition. “It would be a win-win for gardeners and Gisborne,” she said.

The public will have a chance to see Janette’s winning garden at 26 Ruth Street (off Nelson Road) when she opens it to the public next Thursday, December 13.

“Anyone is welcome to come and have a look between 4pm and 8pm,” she said.

One of the judges, Mayoress Ying Foon, said she was most impressed with the front entrance.

“Also the whole garden includes lots of different plants, giving texture. It is a very tranquil garden.”

Mrs Jones and Deidree Twigley, another of the five competition organisers, said the garden was “lovely”.

“The placement of plants, textures, groupings and the colours . . . it was lovely overall,” Mrs Jones said.

Janette,who is a member of the Country Garden Club, also won the sections for garden over 1000sqm and person 65 or under working full-time, and was second in the vegetable garden catergory.

The winner of the champion commercial garden was Teal Motor Lodge.

Motel gardener Jenne Rudkin-Pearson has been developing the “modern” garden for the past two years.

Also a professional gardener, she said it was like painting a picture and she was rapt to win.

Judges said the garden had clever repetition creating several restful spaces.

A regular entrant and winner, Robin Pierson’s Bushmere Arms’ garden was runner-up in the commercial section.

Mrs Jones said the entries for the competition were good with a lot of new entrants. The other three people involved in organising the annual competition were Fay Hay, Heather Gilroy and Berys McDonald.

Results —

Garden over 1000sqm (1/4 acre): Janette Boyd 1; Peter King 2; Ray Gowland 3.

Garden under 1000sqm (under 1/4 acre): Hester Harris 1; Rita MacDonald 2; Bryan and Margaret Duncan and Jacqueline Cairns 3 equal.

New garden (up to 3 years): Glenis Windsor 1; Rita Veenstra 2; Max Elliott 3.

Garden of flat or unit: Margaret Ferris 1; Linda Francis 2; Ross Kay 3.

Vegetable garden: Laurie Gooch 1; Janette Boyd 2; Glenis Windsor 3.

Best viewed from footpath or gateway: Linda Francis 1; Judy Watson 2; Glenis Windsor 3.

Courtyard (BBQ, patio): Peter King 1; Jannah Mitchell 2; Laurie Gooch 3.

Person 65/under working full-time: Janette Boyd 1; Max Elliott 2.

Golden Age 65/over: Hester Harris 1; Rita Veenstra 2; Glenis Windsor 3.

Best garden resthome or village: Beetham Village 1; Kiri Te Kanawa 2.

Commercial garden: Bushmere Arms and Teal Motor Lodge 1 equal; Evans Butchers and Tudor Park Motel 2 equal.

Champion Garden: Janette Boyd

Runner-up: Hester Harris

Commercial champion garden: Teal Motor Lodge

Runner-up: Bushmere Arms.

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