Doris calls to enter Holroyd Garden Awards

Greystanes gardener Doris Meilak is a judge in the Holroyd Garden Awards after she first entered more than 20 years ago. Some of her top tips include: ‘‘water underneath, not overhead’’ and ‘‘grow annuals, always.’’ Picture: Gene Ramirez.

Greystanes gardener Doris Meilak is a judge in the Holroyd Garden Awards after she first entered more than 20 years ago. Some of her top tips include: ‘‘water underneath, not overhead’’ and ‘‘grow annuals, always.’’ Picture: Gene Ramirez.

Grandmother of two Doris Meilak is probably the greenest thumb in Greystanes.

With the return of spring, the eight-time grand champion of the Holroyd Garden Awards, and now a judge, is reminding fellow horticulturally-inclined Holroyd residents to get their hands dirty for the annual competition.

You’re doing the garden not just for you, but for other people to look at and admire, for the community to enjoy. - Doris Meilak, a Greystanes gardener

‘‘You’re doing the garden not just for you, but for other people to look at and admire, for the community to enjoy,’’ Mrs Meilak said.

The regular guest garden expert on SBS Radio Malta said now was the time to get your garden ready for the contest, and her top tip is to pay close attention to your front garden in particular.

‘‘Make it look pretty, give it a really good clean up,’’ she said. ‘‘Preparation is always the key. If you do a little bit every other day, it will not be like work.’’

Asked about her favourite aspects of gardening, the grandmother of two said it was both the sense of relaxation gained for the gardener and the increased sense of community when people stop to compliment the fruits of your labour.

‘‘You forget the world exists, it’s the best therapy,’’ she said. ‘‘And it’s nice for people to look at and admire. A person can actually stop and say hello when you’re in the front garden.’’

She said another highlight is when her two grand daughters ‘‘run wild’’ in her garden and pick broad beans to eat, ‘‘straight from the bush’’.

‘‘They love the garden,’’ she said. ‘‘When they come to visit, they just grab little containers and go around and pick what they’d like to eat or smell.

‘‘There’s nothing wrong with children getting their hands a bit dirty in the soil, it’s all part of growing up.’’

Nominations close on September 26 at 5pm and judging will take place the week beginning September 29.

Details: 8868 7777, or pick up a nomination form at the reception desk at Merrylands RSL.

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