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Bourke’s best gardens judged

Garden Club Secretary Liz Kerr and President Jackie Davis. Photo TWH

Bourke’s best gardens have been selected - but who will take out the top prizes?

These tightly held secrets will be revealed at the Bourke Garden Club’s Spring Flower and Geranium Show on September 10.

Bourke Garden Club secretary, Liz Kerr, said there were 66 gardens entered for this year’s competition, the first in three years, but said the numbers were a little lower than expected.

“I think people were a bit nervous about entering because they thought their gardens weren’t up to a high enough standard, but we’re not judging on picture perfect, manicured lawns,” she said.

“We’re judging the gardens in Bourke and if there are a few weeds that doesn’t matter.

“With all the rain we’ve had, there’s a lot of clover and weeds but that’s understandable and that’s not what we are looking at.

“We just want to see the best gardens in Bourke, neat and tidy but not looking like a picture in a magazine.”

Liz hosted judge Mary Ann Gordon for the tour of Bourke’s gardens, with a range of categories including rural gardens, community gardens and town gardens.

“The numbers are also a bit down on what we expected because there are still cases of COVID and the flu,” she said.

“The rain has also had an effect with some of the flowers looking like they want to come through but just not quite ready at the moment. We’re hoping they will blossom in the next two weeks.

“With any luck they will be out in time for the Spring Flower and Geranium Show, so we have our fingers crossed that the timing will be right,” Liz said.

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