Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Blank Canvas Turns to Work of Wonder

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Blank Canvas Turns to Work of Wonder

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Chronicle photojournalist Jocelyn Watts visits the garden of Henny Hof, convenor of Hervey Bay's annual garden competition.

She's a bit cheeky, popping plants in all the "wrong" places, but her casual style makes Henny Hof a winner in the garden.

"I plant things where I shouldn't," said the convenor of Hervey Bay's annual garden competition. "But who cares?"

Maybe it's the mulch she uses. Perhaps it's simply a case of having green thumbs. Whatever the reason, Henny has created a flourishing garden from practically nothing.

When Henny and partner Barry Hale moved north from Victoria six years ago, the yard of the home they chose was almost bare.

"We started from scratch, except for one garden in the front yard," Henny said.

Gardening in the sub-tropical climate was a major change for Henny who was used to growing tulips, daffodils and other bulbs that prefer the south's colder winters.

"I found I could put (the bulbs) in the crisper but half the time they didn't grow again anyway and doing that every year became very costly. …

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