Years of work lead to finals
TRANSFORMING a bare canvas into a beautiful living work of art has earned Deborah Sutton a place among Ipswich’s top gardeners.
Her Ipswich garden was selected among the top six finalists as part of the Trevallan Lifestyle Centre garden competition.
Ms Sutton, who purchased the Thorn Street home close to 16 years ago with partner Jim Heaton, said they had started with nothing.
“There was no fence or garden here,” Ms Sutton said.
“They had just planted a Poinciana tree and now that towers over the house.”
The 58-year-old said the garden had taken shape gradually, whenever “time or money permitted”, with her partner lending her a hand constructing garden structures and laying brick pavers.
She said the “rambling cottage-style garden” had evolved through her love of colour.
“I like flowers,” Ms Sutton said.
“Wherever I could put some flowers in I did.”
She said to her the garden was a peaceful place where she could go to relax or entertain.
Trevallan Lifestyle Centre owner Chelsea van Rijn said the competition was designed to showcase beautiful local gardens.
As part of the competition, entrants were required to send Trevallan six photos and a story on what their garden meant to them.
Ms van Rijn said 15 entries had been received, with a panel of judges whittling it down to the top six.
“The judges were amazed at the passion and joy people got from their gardens,” she said.
“That’s what the competition was about, not about having the perfect plants or garden, but how much enjoyment people got from their gardens.”
There is more than $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs as part of the competition, with minor prizes awarded to the six finalists and a major prize, including plants, a gift voucher and trophy to one overall winner.
While a panel of judges chose the finalists, it is up to the public to choose the winner.
People can vote via Trevallan’s Facebook page (with images of the top gardens under photos) or in store at 77 Fernvale Road, Brassall.
Voting is open until the end of March.