Garden competition judges Chris Ryan and Patricia Brinkley busy with score sheets at Boambee Gardens.
Garden competition judges Chris Ryan and Patricia Brinkley busy with score sheets at Boambee Gardens. Trevor Veale

Thumbs up to Coffs gardens

TWO big "green thumbs up" have been given to Coffs Coast gardeners from this year's judges of the Coffs Harbour Garden Club Spring Garden Competition.

Invited to do the honours were Chris Ryan and Patricia Brinkley from the Woodburn and District Garden Club.

"We have been impressed by the diversity and beauty of gardens in this area," Chris said.

"The unique climate you enjoy on the Coffs Coast offers fantastic conditions for growing great gardens but I'm guessing with all the rain you had leading up to the beginning of the competition, followed by a lack of rain in the past month or so, gave local gardeners some headaches and challenges as well.

"We were particularly impressed with the amount of colour used. It seems Coffs Coast gardeners are not afraid of using colour and plenty of flowers which is a refreshing change from the monochromatic or foliage-only themes that have tended to dominate garden styles and plant choices for a few years."

The judges spent a whirlwind week on the Coffs Coast visiting entrants nominated in all categories, including residential, commercial, school and water-wise gardens.



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