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.