Can you help us find New Zealand's 2020 Gardener of the Year?
Ryman Healthcare withNZ Gardener, are on the hunt for green-fingered good sorts – individuals or groups who have used their gardening skills to help other people.
Five finalists will feature in the October magazine and one will go on to become the 2020 Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year! There are some amazing prizes up for grabs so if you know a homegrown hero who is using their gardening skills for good, nominate them now! Find out more
The Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year is NZ Gardener’s annual competition which has been running nationwide for more than 12 years. We are on the hunt for a Kiwi gardener who is using their gardening skills for good - think community gardens, rehabilitation initiatives, or fundraising drives - it could be anything that has a positive social outcome.
The 2020 winner will receive $1000 worth of products from our Silver Partner Mr Fothergills. Each finalist receives a prize pack of amazing gardening goodies worth over $1000 from our Bronze Sponsors, along with a 1-year subscription to NZ Gardener Magazine. There’s also a special category for the Most Colourful Character who wins $1000 worth of Resene paint.
To enter or nominate someone, attach up to five high-quality photos and explain why you wish to nominate this person or group to be the Ryman Healthcare Gardener of the Year 2020!
Nominations close on August 31, 2020T&Cs
Delcie Palmer who is 87 years young..has a fabulous garden in Birkenhead..I can send more photo's next week after I have taken some
Liz McNally from Busy Lizzy Gardens (www.busylizzygardens.com...), for their community spirited work in beautifying our local school, and areas of waste ground like on the St Heliers Bay Rd / Long Drive corner.
Joss Elliott - Wesley Rātā Village
Joss is an amazing Gardner she looks after all the gardens and grounds at Wesley Rātā Village (formerly Wesleyhaven) in Naenae, anyone who has ever ridden the bus up Rātā Street knows the beautiful scene as they come to the top of the hill - especially in … View moreJoss Elliott - Wesley Rātā Village
Joss is an amazing Gardner she looks after all the gardens and grounds at Wesley Rātā Village (formerly Wesleyhaven) in Naenae, anyone who has ever ridden the bus up Rātā Street knows the beautiful scene as they come to the top of the hill - especially in the summer when there are rainbows of colour everywhere. Joss is the sole person behind these beautiful gardens her great care and skill have put a smile on the face and enriched the lives of the many many people who have lived at, worked at or visited Wesley. Even though the Rest Homes are no longer there or operational the gardens continue to flourish under Joss’s expert care.
conservation volunteers based in Dalmatian club on New North road
I planted 20 small shrub seedlings in 60 minutes in the small wetland area.
Any one can join and plant or clear clininging type weeds that start off buds of new weeds very easily. Pt Chev area.
Katrina Wolff has been teaching gardening throughout Auckland since 2018, helping people learn to compost and also how to grow from seed, make seed raising mix and create their own blend of potting mix without buying anything in plastic bags. Her approach is a circular one - making compost an … View moreKatrina Wolff has been teaching gardening throughout Auckland since 2018, helping people learn to compost and also how to grow from seed, make seed raising mix and create their own blend of potting mix without buying anything in plastic bags. Her approach is a circular one - making compost an essential part of the process, and helping people discover methods of gardening we seem to have lost for a few generations.She uses biodynamics, and is encouraging a mindful approach that avoids all synthetic chemicals but still nourishes the soil in a beautiful way. She’s been presenting workshops, giving talks, and making compost with a huge range of people, and during the pandemic lockdown she carried on teaching, taking every single class she could online using Zoom, Instagram, Facebook and now has a school with a range of online courses and remote coaching. Katrina has also orchestrated crop swaps and works with schools, including a special needs school, with composting programmes. She is also one of the first New Zealanders on the Gardenary platform, which is establishing Kitchen Garden Coaching as a career option for gardeners all over the world.
Point Howard Community Garden - weve only just started!
Elizabeth Eade made a beautiful garden in our front yard after I built a fence. When we moved here about 4.5 years ago it was all grassed.
Odette Chesterman may have had a slight ‘crisis of conscience’ three years ago, leaving an established career in the kiwifruit sector to pursue her passion for sustainable environments and optimal health. Following her heart she retrained in Organic Horticulture, Permaculture Design and Plant … View moreOdette Chesterman may have had a slight ‘crisis of conscience’ three years ago, leaving an established career in the kiwifruit sector to pursue her passion for sustainable environments and optimal health. Following her heart she retrained in Organic Horticulture, Permaculture Design and Plant based Nutrition, with the goal to help ‘grow’ a better world.
Odette initially studied Permaculture, planning to visit a friend’s school for orphans and under-privileged in Africa and wanting to teach the children something useful that would also bring them sustenance from the garden to the table.
But Permaculture opened Odette’s eyes to a whole new way of working in harmony with nature and better ways to share resources. Odette attended the NZ Permaculture hui at Guytons’ food forest in Riverton then joined a Permaculture tour gaining inspiration from passionate property owners in the South Island.
Wanting to learn more, she then enrolled in Organic Horticulture at Toi-oho-mai, whilst taking on an organic conversion of her family kiwifruit orchard with Biogro. Extramural workshops, especially one on soil and regenerative farming by Nicole Masters got her excited about the possibilities of reversing climate change and restoring harm done to the planet. Her beliefs are that by moving away from mono-cultural farming and embracing Functional Biodiversity, we can trust nature to balance itself.
Odette’s ‘Organic Awakening’ led to an adventurous few years giving back to people and communities around the world. Exchanging her initial permaculture garden designs in return for donations for the Olive Tree Learning Centre in Zambia saw Odette finally get to spend 6 weeks at her friends school on the outskirts of Livingstone, where she helped establish terraced garden beds, designed and built a compost for chicken manure and taught the kids all about soil microbes, whilst making a permaculture design for the school that will see them into the future.
Odette spent a further four months combining travel with volunteering on organic farms. In Italy she pruned berries on the hills above Venice, dug potato’s in 40-degree heat at a social project in Schio, laid irrigation at a vineyard in Perugia. In England she pruned roses at a Cotswold manor and built the largest home compost pile ever! She visited Natural History museums in Oxford, Buffalo, New York, San Francisco - always seeking to learn. Happy to push her boundaries Odette attended the US Biodynamics conference in New York, before flying home to NZ with a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.
Back home Odette has continued to upskill, completing another Permaculture Living course with Milkwood and David Holgrem plus a Gardening Essentials course with Permaplenty. She has begun writing about her experiences with the aim to share knowledge and stories of inspiration with others.
Currently Odette is following another dream and along with her small dog Meg is living a nomadic lifestyle in the Tasman district, swapping designs for a scenic place to park her van and soak up the diversity of New Zealand’s environment, whilst establishing her permaculture design business and dreaming up new ways to make a positive difference with plants.
Alphascapes Ltd Landscaping & Construction, Hannes Bauer, Clive
Instant grass after a few month since installation. Well looked after. Client happy-we are happy 👍 #gartenbau #landscaping #instantgrass #gartenpflege #rasenpflege #lawnmaintenance
Patrick O'Meara is the Gardener and organizer for the Panmure Stone Cottage Museum. The Hollyhocks grow tall along with the Roses and he keeps the Mulberry trees in pristine order.
Is there anyway one can nominate a person where it is not displayed in a public forum??
Flat 7 / 134 Dixon Street
The Improver landscaping and maintenance co.
Great work , good ideas..
I would like to nominate Wendy Hern, if anyone has fantastic green fingers our Wendy has, the gardens over at 95 Barrett Road Whalers Gate New Plymouth area always look fantastic. Wendy was a gardener for one of the participants in the Taranaki Garden Festival. My fingers will be crossed for … View moreI would like to nominate Wendy Hern, if anyone has fantastic green fingers our Wendy has, the gardens over at 95 Barrett Road Whalers Gate New Plymouth area always look fantastic. Wendy was a gardener for one of the participants in the Taranaki Garden Festival. My fingers will be crossed for Wendy to be the "Gardener of the Year."