GREEN fingered residents from Magna Housing were recognised for their skill and hard work to produce beautiful gardens, in the housing association’s annual gardening competition.
Mrs McCarthy, who lives in Lyme Regis, was the overall winner of the John Foot Cup.
She said: “Although I’ve lived here for 19 years, this was the first time I’ve entered the Magna competition. You always think your own garden is nice, but other people persuaded me to enter.
“Our garden is an extension of our home and we live out there in the summer. A lot of the garden is in pots so we can move things around to make it different.
“The judges were lovely and it was really nice at the presentation because everyone was interested in everyone else’s garden.”
A total of 25 people entered the competition and the standard was very high, so the judges had a hard time placing the winners.
Linda Doyle, herself a Magna resident, was one of the judges this year.
She said: “I had the great pleasure of taking part in the judging of this year’s gardening competition. I met some lovely people who had great pride in their gardens and patios. So for 2019, come on please enter! I might even use the ideas myself and enter!
“Remember, just a few pots or hanging baskets of colour cheer people up. And of course plants are good for the environment.”
Winners of the competition were invited to a presentation ceremony at Sandringham Court community room, in Dorchester, to receive their certificates and prizes.
Mrs McCarthy added: “I was really pleased to win and I will probably enter next year.”
First place results were as follows:
Garden category and John Foot Cup winner – Mrs D. McCarthy, Lyme Regis; Patios, containers, hanging baskets and window boxes (Cox Shield) – Mrs W. Goff, Lyme Regis; Communal – Mr C. Smalldon, Dorchester; Sustainable/wildlife – Ms H. Chant, Beaminster; Vegetable category – Mr K. Davis, Dorchester.