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Douglas gardeners defy damp summer

Sunday, 21 October 2012 17:38

Douglas gardeners have proved undaunted by this year’s wet summer. At Douglas Borough Council’s Douglas in Bloom 2012 awards presentation some outstanding horticultural talent was revealed that brought praise from His Worship the Mayor Councillor David Ashford JP and assistant head of parks Graham Newsome, a member of the judging panel.


SilverwareZSC 4152Trophies by the 'trowel-ful' for the winners


Before presenting the prizes His Worship, who confessed to not having ‘green fingers, congratulated the entrants on the quality of their ‘amazing’ horticultural talent and the efforts made to create stunning displays in large and small spaces. He also paid tribute to the Council’s parks section and the judges for their support and hard work.


Overall winners were Audrey and John Masser of Crovens Close who won the Most Imaginative Floral Display category. The couple also won the Private Houses with Gardens and Secret Garden categories.


MasserTrophyZSC 4186His Worship with John Masser who, together with his wife Audrey, won the Douglas in Bloom overall award, Most Imaginative Floral Display


Competition sponsors were Absolute Scaffolding, Eden Park, Hot Gossip Hair Salon, Isle of Man Farmers, JDW Engineering, Logistics Training Services Ltd, Sadler Agricultural Supplies Ltd, Scottish Widows, the Sefton Group, the Shoprite Group and Water Works Ltd.


VictoriaGroupZSC 4210The Mayor and Mayoress with Audrey and John Masser, winners of the Private Houses with Gardens category sponsored by Scottish Widows, represented by Victoria Karran, extreme leftGeneralZSC 4190His Worship welcomes Douglas in Bloom entrants to the town hall



















Douglas in Bloom 2012 first place winners:


Hotels and guesthouses without gardens – the Edelweiss Hotel


Hotels and guesthouses with gardens – Stanley View Hotel


Private houses with gardens – Mr and Mrs J Masser, Crovens Close


Pub/restaurant/café – Haneffe’s Bar/Grill


Public/community garden – Ballakermeen High School


Best residential area – Ms Wilkinson, Montreux Court, Little Switzerland


Best Douglas Borough Council property – Mrs S Potts, Willaston Crescent


Conservation, wildlife and biodiversity – Mr I Cooke, Lord Street


Secret garden – Mr and Mrs J Masser, Crovens Close


Best Douglas Borough Council allotment – Mr J Bartley, plot 22


Most imaginative floral display – Mr and Mrs J Masser, Crovens Close


GroupZSC 4196His Worship and the Mayoress with Douglas in Bloom 2012 winners