Spring Garden Competition winners announced this weekend

THIS weekend is one for the green thumbs in Lismore, with the Lismore Home Garden Education Club's 2013 Spring Garden Competition winners announced and gardens open for show.

Gardens entered in the competition from across the region will be open for viewing throughout the weekend, including Kerry Layton and Nicholas Johnson's beloved East Lismore garden.

This is the fourth year the pair have entered the annual competition, proud to show what they have achieved since moving into the Bright St home 11 years ago.

Even after a three-year drought, unemployment and illness, not to mention two floods due to a nearby drain overflowing, they've done their best to make their house a home through the expression of their garden.

"When we got here, there was nothing. There was a mango tree, a crab apple tree and a frangipani tree - that's it," Mr Layton said.

It is a big change to the bare ground that used to stand in its place.

Secretary of the Lismore Home Garden Education Club, Judy Thorn, said they had been very happy with the entries this year.

Not only were all the entries "absolutely excellent", but they had also had more country and more first-time entries than last year.

She said the keen gardeners were looking forward to opening their homes and sharing their pride in what they had created.

The winners of the 2013 Spring Garden Competition and a full list of gardens open to the public will be in tomorrow's Northern Star.

There will be a presentation of the winners at 10.30am tomorrow at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Uralba St, Lismore.

The Lismore Home Garden Education Club meets at the Lismore Workers Club at 1pm on the second Thursday of the month.



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