Novice prize winning gardener blooms
WAYNE Lauga took out the prize for top novice gardener on Sunday after beating tough opposition in Livingstone Shire's garden competition.
Spending a dedicated 15 hours a week tending to his colourful array of plants, Wayne received a well-deserved prize for best novice garden under 12 months.
He said his garden housed over 600 plants which ranged from screening plants to hedges, most of which were drought-tolerant.
"Some of the plants in the garden include grass trees and cordylines," Wayne said.
"I have selected the plants based on what is suited to the region and what colours draw the eye."
Wayne, who is the husband of Keppel MP Brittany, decided to enter the competition after an ad in the local paper called for nominations.
He said gardens only looked as good as the hours owners put into them. It's clear his hours have paid off in prize-winning form.
"The colourful plants provide a real street appeal and I'm very proud of that," he said.
Wayne received a $250 voucher for his win along with a trophy which he said took "pride of place" in the house.
"Friends and family have been phoning and congratulating me," he said
"I am grateful for the judges' time and the advice they provided so that I can improve my garden."
Wayne is in the process of growing a vegetable garden and hopes next year he can make his mark on the edible garden competition.
See more of the competition winners later this week.
Wayne's tips for a great garden
Plant selection is key for a successful garden
Make sure your plants suit your region
The right soil is key to healthy plants