Little Pieces of Paradise; Our Me and My Garden Competition Winners Have Been Chosen and an Overall Winner Will Be Announced Shortly. in the First of a Two-Part Series, LIZ LAMB Looks Back at Some of the contendersIN ASSOCIATION COWELL'S GARDEN CENTRE

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Byline: LIZ LAMB

Our Me and My Garden competition winners have been chosen and an overall winner will be announced shortly. In the first of a two-part series, LIZ LAMB looksback at some of the contenders

MARIE MARSH Teaching assistant Marie Marsh has a self-confessed obsession with gardening.

The 55-year-old from Rowlands Gill loves nothing better than trailing the charity shops to find unusual containers to use as pots.

MARY THIRLAWAY MARY Thirlaway and her husband Tom knew nothing about plants until they moved into a property with a garden 20 years ago.

With the help of Gardeners' World and gardening books, they set about creating a haven at the back of their house in Low Fell, Gateshead. Mary says: "It's been trial-and-error, really."

BRIAN DEVLIN For Brian Devlin, of Walkergate, Newcastle, the key to his success has been asking people for advice.

During his day job working for Ringtons Tea he sees a lot of lovely gardens and he's more than happy to ask his customers for their advice.

ANNE CARRUTHERS A garden that all her family could enjoy was Anne Carruthers's goal when she decided to transform her garden from paving stones and soil into a colourful haven. …


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