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Gardening Competition 2013

When it comes to gardening Phillip Williams of Tredegar likes to get the whole family involved. Fellow grandparents, Graham and Marlene Williams also from Tredegar agree, because their grandchildren often help out as well.

So it comes as no surprise that the Williams and most of their grandchildren were present when they were jointly awarded the top prize of Best Garden in the 2013 Tai Calon Community Housing Gardening Competition.

It was second year running for Phillip Williams. Last time he won Best Garden after he planted flowers in shoes before displaying them on a wall. This year he made and painted bird boxes with the help of his grown up grandchildren, Gemma, Adam and Amy, and his younger grandchildren Shaun, aged 17, Dafydd, 15, Kirsty, 17 and Matthew 10.

“I got the idea from a television programme and developed it further by getting my grandchildren to paint their own bird box in bright colours before we planted them up,” said Phillip Williams.

However, he admits that it wasn’t all plain sailing. “It was tricky getting the right plants to suit the bird boxes. You have to keep them well watered, even when it’s raining, because the water can’t get in.”

Graham and Marlene Williams were also chuffed by their win. Part of their garden is on a slope so they have to plan their planting very carefully.

However, they do have help from grandchildren, Chloe, aged 11, Owen 9 and Amelia, 7.

“We’re out in the garden helping everytime we visit,” said Chloe.

“We help lots by planting the bulbs and sweeping up,” added Owen.

Meanwhile, Amelia admitted that her favourite job was cutting off the dead flower heads.

Both families had been invited for afternoon tea at Tai Calon Community Housing where the Williams were presented with a trophy and cash prize.

Their grandchildren were also given a prize for their contribution.

Best Beginner Garden was won by Mrs K Woodward of Ebbw Vale.

Madonna Reynolds shared joint first prize in the Best Hanging Basket/Pot or Container with Graham and Marlene Williams,

Mrs Reynolds, who also came second in the Best Beginner Garden, only started gardening two years ago when her husband Granville was no longer able to do it.

“I don’t have green fingers, but my husband has shown me what to do. My only regret is that the judging was a bit too early for my garden it is absolutely beautiful now,” said Mrs Reynolds who lives in Rassau.

The Best Community Garden was won by Glanffrwd Court in Ebbw Vale. The patio area at the Supported Living Scheme has been transformed into a garden where the residents can sit and enjoy the outside space.

One of the judges was Gwynfor Evans of Green Earth at Tai Calon.

“It was marvellous to visit all the beautiful gardens and meet such talented tenants. I thoroughly enjoyed judging the competition. It is truly amazing the amount of work that some people have put into their gardens and displays. I can’t wait for next year’s competition,” he said.

Photographs of all the winning gardens are featured on Tai Calon’s Facebook page … facebook.com/taicalon. They are also on display on the monitors in reception at Tai Calon’s office in Blaina. Some will also feature in the 2014 Tai Calon Calendar.

Meanwhile Phillip Williams is already thinking about next year. “My grandchildren and I are already discussing ideas for 2014. However, we aren’t telling anyone what they are … they’re a secret!”

Full list of winners:

Best Garden

  • 1st Place (two 1st place winners)
  • Phillip Williams and Graham and Marlene Williams
  • 2nd Place (two 2nd Place winners)
  • Mr S. G. Burnett and John Sullivan
  • 3rd Place
  • Mr D. E. J. Dobbs

Best Beginner Garden

  • 1st Place
  • Mrs K Woodward
  • 2nd Place
  • Madonna Reynolds
  • 3rd Place
  • Mrs V. Morgan

Best Hanging Basket/pot or container
    • 1st Place (two first place winners)
    • Madonna Reynolds and Graham and Marlene Williams
    • 2nd Place
    • Carol Battle
    • Best Community Garden
    • 1st Place
    • Glanffrwd Court

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