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.
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.
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.
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