Planting smiles

Competition judges in Salisbury praised Braemar Lodge for gearing its garden totally to residents. With Activity Organiser Sylvie Rodulson are 100-year-old Ruby Culter (left) and fellow resident Mickie Cashin.

Two of our homes are celebrating success in community gardening competitions.

For the third year in a row, Braemar Lodge came top in the annual Salisbury City Council Gardens Awards, seeing off competition from a strong field, including householders, hotels, pubs, B&Bs and schools.

Judges praised the home for gearing its garden totally to residents, with clever use of plant varieties that people would recognise from their younger days. Competition criteria included layout, atmosphere, tidiness, plant variety, sustainability and provision for wildlife.

At the same time, Amberwood House received a highly commended prize in this year’s Ferndown in Bloom awards – despite an uninvited guest making a meal of its winning flora.

Amberwood House gardener Peter Burns is presented with a congratulatory cake for the home’s Ferndown in Bloom success by Activity Organiser Jan Burns (no relation).

Amberwood House gardener Peter Burns is presented with a congratulatory cake for the home’s Ferndown in Bloom success by Activity Organiser Jan Burns (no relation).

Gardener Peter Burns explained:  “One night a deer got in and basically had a feast of our flowers. A lot of our residents had planted sunflower seeds to enter the Tallest Sunflower award, but all of their flower heads were gone, plus many others. It was a real shame, but we managed to salvage enough for the judges to look at and thankfully, we didn’t come off too badly in the end.”

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