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Rothes Best Kept Garden competition winner announced

By Jonathan Clark

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Rothes residents are celebrating the town's annual Best Kept Garden competition run by Rothes Horticultural and Industrial Society.

Celebrated local gardener, judge Dave Stewart, awarded the prizes.

Alex Dean of Rothes has won best kept garden competition...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044655.
Alex Dean of Rothes has won best kept garden competition...Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044655.

Mr Stewart said: "It is heartening to see Rothesians taking a pride in their gardens. I was really impressed with the quality of the hanging baskets lining the main thoroughfare and in the square.

"They are a credit to the band of volunteers who plant and maintain them, namely Diana McKay, Freddie Steel and Peter McKandie. They are really beautiful."

The awards handed out by Mr Stewart were best kept garden and runner-up, best vegetable garden, best hanging basket and best group of containers.

Mr Alexander Dean, 59 Green Street, won the best kept garden, with Mr T Shearer, 1 Spey Street, runner-up. Best vegetable garden went to Mr J Richardson, 1 Ben Aigan View, best hanging basket to Mrs M Laing, 13 Forsyth Avenue, and best group of containers to Mr D Henderson, Cherry Cottage, Spey Street.

Mr Dean, who won the competition last year as well, said: "It is a wee honour. I've come second quite a lot and won last year. I don't try extra hard, I just care about my garden – but if I win an award for it then that's a bonus."

The annual flower show takes place on September 7 at the Grant Hall, New Street, added Society president Dena Cruickshank, when the worthy winners of the Best Kept Garden competition will be included in the awards ceremony.

Exhibitors should note the hall will be open from 6pm – 9pm on Friday, September 6, and from 7:30am - 9:30am on the morning of the show for submission of entries.

The show is open to the public from 1:30pm on Saturday, September 7.

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