Kirra's green thumb earns student of the year award
SHE could be the queen of the green thumbs thanks to plenty of hard work and good grades.
Kirra King, of Casino, has been studying her Certificate III in Nursery Production and finished her horticulture apprenticeship in half the time ... and it's paid off.
"I've been chosen to receive the Nursery Industries Student of the Year for 2014," she said.
Ms King has been studying at Wollongbar TAFE while also working at her parents' nursery All Natives Wholesale and Retail at Hogarth's Range.
"You have to love plants, working outdoors and physical work," Ms King said.
"I've always loved flowers and nature."
Ms King's mother Wendy even tells the story of how she used to read poetry to her Nanna about flowers.
Dad Daryl has been Ms King's mentor and is not surprised she has won this award.
"She picks things up pretty quick," he said.
"Out of our five kids she's the only one to go into the horticultural work.
"It's the sort of work you need to be committed to."
Ms King said the hardest part of her course was learning all the plant names.
"There's about 100 complex botanical and common names," she said.
Ms King received her award at a presentation dinner last Wednesday.
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