Kerry Fehlhaber of Depot Hill stands in her garden after months of hard work. Kerry is planning on entering the Betascapes Spring Garden Spectacular competition again this year.
Kerry Fehlhaber of Depot Hill stands in her garden after months of hard work. Kerry is planning on entering the Betascapes Spring Garden Spectacular competition again this year. Sharyn Oneill

Floods cannot stop this gardener

DEVASTATED at seeing her garden destroyed by the floods, Kerry Fehlhaber was reduced to tears of joy when five volunteers came to help her with the clean-up.

“I just sat on my back steps and cried,” the resident of Rockhampton's Depot Hill recalled yesterday.

“They were only here for a few hours, but without them I don't how we would have got through it.”

This passionate gardener with a very green thumb could do nothing but watch as the flood slowly submerged her Bolsover St pride and joy.

“It was very hard to watch. I was itching to get it back to normal as soon as the water started going down,” Kerry said.

And since receiving an encouragement award in the Best Urban Residential Garden Under 1000sq m category of last year's Betascapes Spring Garden Spectacular competition, the proud gardener is keen to enter again in this year's competition.

“This year I'm hoping to enter in the (new) Flood Recovery category, I think what we've done with our garden is pretty good considering what it used to look like,” Kerry said.

Kerry said it would be all the more worth it if she won in the category.

“I have my encouragement award on my wall and I'm quite proud of it so that's part of why I'm entering again,” she said.

GARDEN COMP CATEGORIES

Best Native Garden

Best Kitchen Garden

Best Water-Efficient Garden

Best School Garden

Best Corporate Garden

Best Urban Residential Gardens (over 1000sq m & under 1000sq m)

Two new categories:

Best Flood Recovery Garden

Best Private Garden in a Seniors Complex

For more information go to council’s website at www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au.

Nominations close at 4pm on Wednesday, August 31.



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