Sister Rosemary is New Zealand Gardener of the Year 2012

The team at Papatuanuku ki Taurangi – Earth Promise – are very pleased to confirm that Sister Rosemary Revell has won the Gardener of the Year award for 2012.

The announcement was made in the December issue of NZ Gardener magazine, which has just hit the newsstands today.

Sister Rosie would like to thank everyone who voted for her or gave expressions of support during the last few months.

“Your support has been overwhelming,” she says. “A lot of people got back to my on Facebook, or rang me up or emailed, so it's just been overwhelming, and really quite exciting. Thank you very much everybody.”

The team here congratulates Rosemary for her wonderful win. And we would like to give a big thank you to NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll and her staff for putting this opportunity together.

The award brings with it a range of prize vouchers which will help the Sisters of Mercy expand the range of projects at the garden.

Sister Rosemary told the magazine that the prizes will help us to grow more food for needy families, and provide basic tools to willing families who want to start growing food at home.

Other projects we are looking at include constructing raised garden beds so we can maintain vegetable production at a good level during winter, when the water table rises and the ground can be very boggy (we are sited on former wetland, with a pond nearby and ducks and pukekos frequent visitors). Better wheelchair access for visitors and a special children's garden are also on the cards.

Phew, that will mean plenty for the team to get stuck into during the coming months.

TV pays a visit

Stay tuned folks. Sister Rosemary and the rest of the PKT team are scheduled to appear on Close Up on TV One at 7pm either tomorrow Tuesday November 27 or this Thursday November 29. Close Up reporter Michael Holland and his team were at the garden today to conduct interviews and get footage among the vegetables and flowers. We had a lot of fun, and trust they enjoyed their visit.

We've also had a visit from Choice TV, that's channel 12 on Freeview or 78 on Sky. Their Brunch show will carry another story about Rosemary and the garden. You can catch this Friday, November 30 between 10am and noon.

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