New Deer garden competition winners

Award winner, Gordon Rennie, with judge, Sue Burgess
Award winner, Gordon Rennie, with judge, Sue Burgess

New Deer Community Association recently held its Annual Garden Competition, and the officiating judge was Sue Burgess from Pitmedden Gardens.

Sue has worked there for 19 years, and has held the post of Head Gardener for the last 14.

Chairman of NDCA, Iain Macaslan explained: “The competition was introduced several years ago with the aim of enhancing the overall appearance of the village, as well as introducing a bit of friendly rivalry amongst the green-fingered brigade.

“The fine weather in July succeeded in attracting new competitors, although the actual day of judging was very cold and wet, and none of the gardens was seen at its best.”

The winner in the Best Container category was Willie Cumming, with the runners-up, Laurence and Sally Brain. This is sponsored by Brian Meldrum of the Tasty Fryer.

Daisy and Gordon Rennie were judged to have the best entry in the Greenhouse category, with Sue and Andrew Robertson a close second. Thistle Windows, through local resident Ian Bruce, sponsored this section.

The prize for Best Vegetable Plot was awarded to Piers Claxton. Daisy and Gordon Rennie were the runners-up. This category is sponsored by Jane and Karen from the village’s delicatessen Food for Thought and Veg-in a-Box.

Daisy and Gordon Rennie won the Best Garden Category and Piers Claxton was in second place. The section for Best Garden is sponsored by Margaret Kindness of Keystore.

The judge was very impressed with the high standard and variety of entries, and understood the amount of damage the rain had done, particularly to the roses which had been spectacular just the day before. She was very appreciative of the change of warm, dry clothing, provided by the secretary in the middle of the afternoon!

Entrants were invited back to the Public Hall later that afternoon to view photographs taken by Cathy Macaslan, enjoy light refreshments and await the judge’s final decision and comments.

New Deer Community Association appreciates the continued support of all regular sponsors, the providers of delicious homebakes, and of course the entrants who are willing to have their gardens looked at by an expert.