Top gardeners pluck awards

Les and Bev Ready's lovely garden on 2nd Avenue was named the best overall in Campbell River

On Friday the 13th, this year’s garden contest entrants gathered at the Maritime Heritage Centre for the sixth annual awards presentation.

But, for these gardeners, this historically superstitious day was anything but. The awards night represented the culmination of months of preparation as local gardeners worked their gardens into show condition to compete for prizes in nine categories, including the new children and youth category.

MC Gayle Bates, Waste Reduction Educator with Comox-Strathcona Waste Manager guided the evening’s awards presentations which were announced by club president Susan McEwen and judging team leader Stacey Larson of Ladybug Greenhouse.

Congratulations to all participants and to the following winners:

Children/youth garden: Mackenzie Padington.

Residential Patio: 1st place, Margaret Sylvester; 2nd place, Kyle Bushby, 3rd place: Noella Ashely.

Residential Large Garden: 1st place, Vicki Lee Power; 2nd place, Stan Goodrich; 3rd place tie, Ken and Gloria Rawlins, and Linda Foster.

Residential Small Garden: 1st place, Irene Dunnel; 2nd place, Donna Goodenough; 3rd place, Sean and Karry Rasmussen.

Community Garden – full plot: 1st place, Janice Rickey; 2nd place, Radiant Life Community Church & Coast Realty.

Multi-residential Complex: 1st place, Forde House – Willow Point Supportive Living.

Business Property: Campbell River Fish and Wildlife Association.

Best Green Garden: Rhea Stern and Dave Crowe-Swords.

Best Overall: Les and Bev Ready.

A floral display contest was also held with the peoples’ choice award going to Bouquets and Baskets for its First Nations themed floral design. Thank-you to all of the entrants: Campbell River Florist, Bird of paradise and Thrifty Foods.

The garden contest, now in its sixth year was expanded to include Area D residents and businesses. First place winners must wait two years to enter again, to open the door for others to enter next year’s contest. The Campbell River Garden Club is a forum for sharing expert gardening knowledge, and meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, visit and now on Facebook too!