Garden competition winners announced at special morning tea
THE winners of this year's Lockyer Valley Garden Competition have been officially announced at a presentation morning tea.
Mayor Steve Jones said the calibre of this year's entries was outstanding.
"Driving around the region, there are so many stunning gardens that obviously take their owners a considerable amount of time, effort and money to maintain," Cr Jones said.
"I would strongly encourage everyone to take the opportunity to see the hard work and dedication entrants have put into their gardens."
Entrants were judged by industry-expert Rod Hultgren and local gardener extraordinaire Eileen Zahnow.
This year's winners are:
Small Town Garden: Winner: Betty Noline Dallinger, 93 William St, Gatton, 2nd place: Tanya Herberich and Andy O'Brien, 21 Hill St, Gatton.
Large Town Garden: Winner: Alex and Joan Body, 11 Tyrrell Crt, Laidley, 2nd place: Janice and Derek Holstein, 5 Roser Crt, Withcott.
Small Rural Garden: Winner: Trevor and Lorelle Niebling, 33 Mt Berryman Rd, Blenheim.
Large Rural Garden: Winner: Wayne and Val Lawson, 77 Blenheim Rd, Blenheim, 2nd place: David and Daphne Carpenter, 119 Topps Rd, Flagstone Creek, 3rd place: Royce and Karen Johnston, 14 Weebill Crt, Laidley Heights.
First Time Entrant: Winner: Leone Wegner, 28 Highview Ave, Gatton, 2nd place: Val McNicol, 51 Storr St, Laidley, 3rd place: David and Daphne Carpenter, 119 Topps Rd, Flagstone Creek.
Best Street Appeal: Winner: Doreen Hannant, 7 Andrews Dr, Gatton, 2nd place: Leone Wegner, 28 Highview Ave, Gatton, 3rd place: Val McNicol, 51 Storr St, Laidley.
Business, Health Services or Community Group: Winner: Glenore Grove Catholic Church, 7 Brightview Rd, Glenore Grove, 2nd place: Gatton Health Services Hospital, William St, Gatton, 3rd place: Laidley Town and Country, 6 Cooper St, Laidley.
School/Child Care Centre: Winner: Laidley State High School Special Education, 98 Alfred St, Laidley.
2nd place: Faith Lutheran College, 5 Faith Ave, Plainland.
3rd place: Withcott State School, 26 Biggs Rd, Withcott.
Waterwise Garden: Winner: Faith Lutheran College, 5 Faith Ave, Plainland.
2nd place: Alex and Joan Body, 11 Tyrrell Crt, Laidley.
3rd place: David and Daphne Carpenter, 119 Topps Rd, Flagstone Creek.
Gardens will be open to the public from until September 13, with a public bus tour on September 11, departing from the Laidley Cultural Centre at 10am.
The cost is $10 per seat and bookings can be made at the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre only on 5466 3426.
For more information, visit http://www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 005 872.