Evergreen Gardener Wins Competition

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Jack Davidson proved to be an evergreen success by collecting three awards at the Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition – even though he is the ripe old age of 88.

Jack was presented with his gold certificates for best overall garden, best vegetable garden and best floral display by Provost, Councillor Joe Wallace at his home in Pathhead.

A seasoned competitor and heavily decorated gardener, Jack, who worked as a greenkeeper and parks department foreman for Midlothian Council before retiring, vowed he is aiming to carry on entering his garden into competitions.

Jack said: “Folk often ask me: When are you going to stop? I’m 89 in March, but I get so much enjoyment from it and it keeps me busy.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have won a lot of awards over the years and it is always nice to receive recognition for your hard work.”

The Provost, Councillor Joe Wallace says he was bowled over by Jack’s efforts and that the octogenarian’s green-fingered skills are an inspiration for everybody.

Councillor Wallace said: “I wish I had Jack’s green fingers – his gardening skills are second to none and it is fitting that he has received all these awards.

“I was delighted to be able to present Jack with the certificates and admire his garden; he has set a very high benchmark for everybody else to follow.

“The overall standard in the Tenants Garden Competition was impressively high again this year and congratulations to everybody who participated, especially to Jack, who won best overall garden.”

The Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition 2016 winners were as follows:

Best overall garden:

Gold – Mr John Davidson

Silver plus – Mr and Mrs Liddle

Silver plus - Mr and Mrs Bassindale

Bronze – Miss Rose Findlay

Silver – Mrs Katrina Ross

Silver – Mr and Mrs Gilluley

Tallest sunflower:

Gold – Caitlin - 2.13m

Silver plus – Aiden – 2.10m

Most improved garden:

Silver – Miss Rose Findlay

Best floral display:

Bronze – Miss Rose Findlay

Silver – Mrs Katrina Ross

Silver plus – Mr and Mrs Liddle

Gold – Mr John Davidson

Silver plus – Mr and Mrs Bassindale

Best vegetable garden:

Gold – Mr John Davidson

Best ornamental garden:

Silver – Miss Rose Findlay

Gold – Mr and Mrs Bassindale

28 Oct 2016