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Guests at the awards night were invited to dress with a gardening theme … Thai-lia Currell (butterfly, at rear); with Jenny Wooler (Yarraman and District Community Kindergarten) and Harper Fitzsimons, 4; Alex Fitzsimons, 7; and Amelia Schumacher, 6

A detail from the winning Mini Garden (Adult) crafted in a wheelbarrow by Jo Collette

October 30, 2018

Three-time grand champions Heather and Neville McNalty had a surprise for Yarraman residents who gathered at the Memorial Hall recently to congratulate the winners of the 2018 Colours of Yarraman gardening competition.

Heather and Neville, from ‘The Palms’ near Cooyar, announced this would be their final year in the competition as they were moving to Toowoomba and starting a new garden.

A lot of hard work has gone into their award-winning garden over the years.

“The first plant went in 45 years ago,” Heather said.

She hopes to be carrying on the gardening tradition in Toowoomba.

“A lot of my stuff is going with me!”

As well as plenty of hard work, Heather believes the secret to the couple’s success has been spring water and, of course, manure.

The awards ceremony topped off the Colours of Yarraman week-long community celebration which was organised by the Yarraman Progress Association.

For the second year in a row, rains coincided with the main events planned during the week, which prompted festival organiser Joe Stimpson to joke that he was going to hire himself out next year to local farmers as a drought-breaker.

Competition judge Robert Campbell, from the Toowoomba Regional Council, concurred: “I wish you’d hold Colours of Yarraman all year round because it seems to bring the rain!”

The awards evening included hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner prepared by Glenn Keen, from the Farmhouse Coffee Lounge, plus entertainment by the Yarraman P-9 State School band.

As the guests enjoyed dinner and the live music, judges made their final determinations about the entries in the mini-garden, basket of vegies and bouquet competitions.

Entries in these competitions filled the Memorial Hall, making a colourful display for visitors to peruse.

Anne Woodrow, from sponsors Bendigo Bank, congratulated all the entrants in the gardening competition, especially for their resilience after a year of “trying weather conditions”.

Mr Campbell, who has been judging the competition for three years, said the quality of the gardens in the competition had been amazing.

“I thought they’d be suffering much more than they were,” he said.

He said while judging the entries he had looked for healthy and vigorous plants, the absence of pests and diseases, the garden design and use of space, the range of plants, good maintenance, “water wise” practices, and the “wow factor”.

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Heather and Neville McNalty won the Homestead Garden category and were named Grand Champions overall … for the third year running

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2018 Colours of Yarraman Garden Competition Winners 

  • Grand Champion and Homestead Garden – Heather and Neville McNalty
  • Homestead Garden – encouragement – Todd and Sandra Currell
  • Reserve Champion and Australian Native – Ray and Glenda Postle
  • Australian Native – runner-up – Yarraman & District Historical Society (Heritage House)
  • Australian Native – encouragement – Graham and Kay Lancaster
  • Community Organisation – Yarraman Kindergarten
  • Community Organisation – runner-up – Yarraman Bowls Club
  • Town Garden – Russ and Kay Ezzy
  • Town Garden – runner-up – Graham and Kay Lancaster
  • Front Garden – Kay Basile
  • Front Garden – runner-up – Russ and Kay Ezzy
  • Front Garden – encouragement – Joe Luttgens
  • Vegetable Garden – Joe Luttgens
  • Vegetable Garden – runner-up – Russ and Kay Ezzy
  • Vegetable Garden – encouragement – Yarraman Kindergarten
  • Novice Garden – Greg Stimpson
  • Commercial Window Display – “Midnight Creations” by Kay Ezzy and Judy Lax
  • Commercial Window Display – runner-up – Bendigo Bank
  • Commercial Window Display – encouragement – Yarraman IGA
  • Best Decorated Pot (Kindergarten & Under) – Zoe Heit
  • Best Decorated Pot (6-11 Years) – Emily Wyvill
  • Best Decorated Pot (11-16 Years) – Alivia Courtney
  • Best Decorated Pot (Adult) – Russ and Kay Ezzy
  • Best Mini Garden (Junior) – Skyla Payne
  • Best Mini Garden (Adult) – Jo Collette
  • Best Basket of Vegetables – Russ and Kay Ezzy
  • Best Floral Arrangement (Fresh) – Lea and Ivan Enchelmaier
  • Best Floral Arrangement (Dried) – Lea and Ivan Enchelmaier

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Jazz On The Platform Winners

  • Best Dressed Woman – Glenda Stimpson
  • Best Dressed Man – Tim Wyvill

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Kym and Rob Campbell, from Toowoomba Regional Council, judged the mini-garden and floral competitions; Rob also joined with Bronwyn Holland, from the TRC, to judge the main gardening competition

Kay Ezzy receives the certificate for Best Decorated Pot (Adult) from Anne Woodrow (Bendigo Bank)

Anne Woodrow presents the prize for the Best Basket of Vegetable to Russ Ezzy

Ivan Enchelmaier picked up the awards for Best Floral Arrangement (Fresh) and Best Floral Arrangement (Dried)

Kay Ezzy and Judy Lax, from Midnight Creations, received the prize for the Best Commercial Window Display … they were presented with the award by judge Robert Campbell and Anne Woodrow

Helene Johnson accepted the runners-up certificate for Community Organisation Garden on behalf of the Yarraman Bowls Club from Robert Campbell, Anne Woodrow and Cheryl Nix (Bendigo) …  later in the evening Helene also accepted the runners-up certificate on behalf of Heritage House for Australian Native Garden

Harper Fitzsimons, 4; Jenny Wooler, and James Mowat, 4, accepted the prize for Best Community Organisation Garden on behalf of Yarraman Kindy

Emma Mowat, 3, joined Jenny Wooler and James Mowat to accept the Encouragement award for Best Vegetable Garden on behalf of Yarraman Kindy

Joe Luttgens was presented with the prize for Best Vegetable Garden from judge Rob Campbell … Rob was impressed with the covers that Joe used to protect his crops, made out of old trampolines

Kay and Russ Ezzy were runners-up in the Front Garden and winners in the Town Garden categories

Kay Lancaster was runner-up in the Town Garden category

Rob Campbell with Glenda and Ray Postle … Australian Native Garden winners and Reserve Champions overall

Todd and Sandra Currell, centre, received an Encouragement Award in the Homestead Garden category

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Some of the entries in the Mini-Garden, Vegies and Bouquet competitions:

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