Bursting with life
From paddock to a botanical paradise
SHIRLEY BOYLE was choked up and cried 'tears of joy' yesterday when she learned, after 13 years of trying, her garden had been judged the Regional Champion Garden for 2005.
"All of my hard work has paid off," the Bangalow resident said after being told by The Star she had won the region's top gardenning award.
Shirley's husband, Vince Boyle, had been told of her win earlier yesterday, but had kept the news from his green thumb wife.
"Vince said he knew but he didn't tell me," Mrs Boyle said.
"What an honour. I will go and mow the lawn now to make sure it looks good for the weekend."
Once a dusty cow paddock devoid of any plants apart from grass, Mrs Boyle started her gar- den literally from the ground up, and now the whole two acres is lush and bursting with life, including natives and exotics that bring year-round colour.
A new project is a small rainforest area which she is planting out with undergrowth.
Mrs Boyle said she wanted to create a botanical paradise in her own backyard.
"I wanted to create a park atmosphere of gardens and lawns with different spaces to enjoy in the garden," Shirley said.
"There's nothing better than going into the garden at about 4pm, with a magazine, and finding a spot to enjoy my hard work."
n A 2005 Champion Gardens feature is inside Motoring Weekly today.