Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Who's Top of the Plots?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Who's Top of the Plots?

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Meet the first five finalists in our fantastic Me and My Garden competition.

Your Chronicle and Dobbies Garden World have been running the contest over the past 15 weeks, and the ultimate winner will have pounds 500 to spend at Dobbies.

Today we revisit the gardens of our first five finalists, who have already bagged pounds 50 each. The remaining 10 will be featured in the next two editions of Your Life. You now have the chance to vote for who you want to win.

Owen and Ann Fox

Owen and Ann Fox have been married for 42 years and have been cultivating their sizeable garden for the past 10 years to make it the haven it is now. The couple moved to their bungalow in Nelson Village in Cramlington a decade ago when the garden had only a small section turfed. Apart from an apple tree left behind by the builders, the rest of the garden was completely bare. Owen built a range of wooden structures for the garden ( a bridge, pergola, gazebo-type seating area, trellis fences, a totem pole feature and arches. They dressed the garden with shrubs and climbers and flowers.

Vote line: 0901 564 3176

Bill Richman

It doesn't matter if it's rain or shine, green-fingered Bill Richman is out in his garden every day. Starting at the crack of dawn, Bill enjoys his breakfast in the garden and, since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, potters around in it as much as he can for the rest of the day. Bill's Wallsend garden is, he says, "one of the smallest you will see". But when it comes to gardens, size doesn't matter, and he's created a colourful and enticing haven. Vote line: 0901 564 3177

Maralane Parker

Just over a year ago Maralane Parker's front yard was nothing but a concrete slab. The grey monotony was broken only by bits of grass struggling up between the bricks. Undaunted by the challenge, she and her husband Kenneth transformed this barren space in Shiremoor into an adorable little front garden in less than two months. Where once the only green was the odd blade of grass and weeds, today there is a floral symphony of colours and the paved surfaces have been adorned with flowers, decorative stones and pebbles laid into the concrete. …

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