18 July, 2023
Growing passion wins big
A garden filled with lush native plants and rich home grown vegetables topped with an outdoor fire pit and cooking area has come out on top in this year’s Mareeba Rodeo Garden Competition.
For the past two years, Amanda and Andrew McCulloch have worked hard to make their garden one of a kind, taking an advantage of the rich soil in their area to grow their native plants.
The McCullochs won champion garden, best native garden and best new garden, came third in best rural residential garden and second in best front garden including footpath.
Enjoying every moment of their gardening journey and dedicating hours to maintaining its natural beauty, Amanda was shocked when she learned they had won.
“I didn’t think we would win at all,” Amanda said.
“I’ve always loved native plants and the flowers… we love our space it is so beautiful.”
“There’s a lot of weeding and lot of care and you have to be in everyday to keep it the way it is.
Amanda encourages anyone who is considering getting serious with their garden to get involved and enter the awards, with lots of support out there for those who need it.
“You can do anything here, there’s great nurseries and many different people who know everything when it comes to gardens,” she said.
“The prizes are pretty generous thanks to the sponsors and people should definitely give it a go.
“Your garden is your person space, and I was bit humming and huhing about entering but at the end of the day, it was worth it.
“Thank you to every who entered, because without them the event wouldn’t have gone ahead.”