Friday November 20th 2015
Left to right: Jean Thomson, Provost Joe Wallace and competition judge Lillias Reid
Things are looking rosy for keen Bonnyrigg gardener Jean Thomson, who has picked up the top award in this year’s Midlothian Council tenants’ garden competition.
Not only has Jean won best overall garden, she has also picked up the award for best floral display in the annual contest. Her efforts have earned her two certificates along with vouchers to spend at Dobbies garden centre.
Green-fingered Jean (83) spends very little money on her garden as she takes cuttings from bouquets she has been given and grows them on. As a result, her garden is full of chrysanthemums, carnations and numerous other flowers and plants.
“I am delighted to have won these two special awards as I enjoy my garden and the pleasure that it brings to others,” said Jean. “Passers-by stop and gaze at the garden all the time. Only recently, a tourist said it was the most beautiful they had ever seen.”
Presenting her with her awards, Midlothian Provost Joe Wallace congratulated Jean on her superb efforts, describing her as “a very worthy winner”.
“That fact that Jean brings on so many of these beautiful plants from cuttings demonstrates her excellent gardening skills and her commitment to providing a great show of colour which is appreciated by the whole neighbourhood,” Councillor Wallace added.Tweet Share on Facebook