Jim Young admiring the gardens at Ashburton Domain.

Ashburton resident Jim Young is keen to give a big thumbs up to the work of Ashburton District Council (ADC) gardeners.

He rates the 37ha Ashburton Domain as one of the best around and is full of praise for the people who toil hard to ensure it is kept in tip top condition.

Jim takes inspiration from the flower bed displays when thinking about what to have in his own garden.

“The displays in the domain are just outstanding and the area is a real credit to the town.”

Some of Jim’ favourite blooms at the moment include marigolds, begonias and the daisy-like (helichrysum bracteatum) featured in a display on the corner of Wills and West streets.

displays at high profile locations that catch Jim’s eye.

“There are more displays under the trees these days and the well-mown lawns mean they really stand out.”

Jim enjoys regular strolls in the domain and is complimentary about other plots and parks maintained by council staff, including Baring Square East.

“There’s a lot of work in gardening and gardeners are out in all weathers and doing a great job.”

Jim says the reason the Ashburton Domain has such a good reputation is because of hard work, good planning and also the foresight of the early settlers who planted trees for future generations.

Jim hails from South Otago and has lived in Ashburton, his wife’s home town, for the last four years.

He is retired these days, but once worked as a missionary and lived in Malawi for 15 years.

ADC grows approximately 76,000 annual bedding plants, 2000 revegetation shrubs, and several hundred perennials on site every year.

Council parks and the domain always score high marks in the Annual Residents’ Survey commissioned by ADC and the latter is often referred to as the jewel in Ashburton’s crown.

-By Mick Jensen