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The 2008 New Zealand Gardener of the Year

Press Release 1 May 2008

The 2008 New Zealand Gardener of the Year

The hunt is on to find New Zealand's unsung horticultural heroes as New Zealand Gardener magazine announces its second annual search for the nation's greenest thumbs.

More than $20,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs, with the overall winner scooping $5,000 to spend at Bunnings Warehouse and a luxury trip for two to Hunter's Garden Marlborough in November.

Nominations are now open to find 15 regional champions in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

The 15 regional winners each take home a $1,000 prize package and will go on to compete in a public vote for the supreme title - NZ Gardener 2008 NZ Gardener of the Year.

Last year's inaugural NZ Gardener 2007 Gardener of the Year competition was won by retired Waikato minister Trevor Bennett, who raised over $50,000 for charity by growing tens of thousands of plants.

"We're not looking for the person with the fanciest garden or fluency in botanical Latin. We're looking for keen Kiwi gardeners who go out of their way to encourage others to get growing - and who deserve recognition for their community spirit," says NZ Gardener editor Lynda Hallinan.

"Perhaps it's someone who always volunteers at your local garden club or a neighbour who always has a tray of free cuttings, a packet of seeds and sage advice to share. Perhaps it's the person who first encouraged you to pick up a spade and start gardening."

For full competition details, see the May issue of NZ Gardener magazine, on sale now. Nominations close on 30 June 2008.

How to enter the 2008 NZ Gardener of the Year competition Send a letter to NZ Gardener to nominate the most passionate gardener in your region. Detail why they'd make a worthy winner and don't forget to include your name and phone number, plus contact details for the person you've nominated. Entries close on 30 June 2008.

Nominations can be sent to NZ Gardener 2008 Gardener of the Year, PO Box 6341, Wellesley St, Auckland, or email:


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