Gardeners called – get your names in

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Trevor Gamblin wants to see the Ashburton garden competition prosper.

He wants be be embarrassed by the number of entries.

Mr Gamblin is president of the Ashburton Horticultural Society.

It has been going for 128 years and the garden competition it runs goes back to 1960.

But in recent years the number of entries has dropped off, but Mr Gamblin wants to turn that around.

Hence his plea to owners of gardens small and grand – let us know you want your garden judged.

There are several sections to enter: open grade, premier grade (for previous open winners), town houses and flats and, for the first time, a section for easy care gardens.

“We want to be embarrassed with entries,” Mr Gamblin said.

He thinks a good result will be 30 or more entries across the board, and is hopeful.

Mr Gamblin said names had to be in for gardens to be judged, with judging from the street.

As long as the Ashburton competition did not clash with judging in Christchurch, out-of-town judges would be used.

Gardens will be judged on February 11, and entries with secretary Noella Talbot (308 3263) by January 31.

He said if home owners thought they had a nice garden, they should ask for it to be judged.

Awards will be presented on February 26.