IT WAS hot and windy, but the smiles were broad at Moonby House on Wednesday as Tamworth mayor Col Murray mingled with the aged-care residents and handed out prizes for a gardening competition.
It was only the second annual Tamworth Masonic Village’s Spring Garden Competition but, once again, it was a success, with 23 entries from across the organisation’s three complexes encompassing Moonby House (Kootingal), Neville Smith Lodge in Piper St (Tamworth) and Campbell Court in Bourke St (Tamworth).
Moonby House resident Pat Betts won Most Outstanding Garden for the second year running.
Mrs Betts won a $50 IGA Supermarket gift voucher – and the look on her face when told she’d also won a worm farm with 1000 worms as part of her prize was priceless.
Moonby House residents dominated the winners’ circle, with 16 of the 23 prizes awarded to its residents.
Some of the other successful Moonby House residents were: Ron Coleman (Best Foliage), Heather Stokoe (Best Native), F & E Paull (Best Lawn) and Valerie Stoddart (Outstanding Achievement in Gardening Effort).
Neville Smith Lodge residents who did well included: Janet Scarth (Best Potted), Valda Brodbeck (Best Ornamental), and Zelda Joan Marr (second place in Most Outstanding Garden).
Campbell Court resident Margaret Potts won Best Variety.
Cr Murray said the standard was as good as last year’s.
“It’s very innovative - some of the very small gardens are really quite spectacular, the way they put them together,” he said.
Some of the sponsors included: Kootingal Hotel, Burton’s Pest Control, Easter’s Landscape Supplies and Dairy Farmers.