Gardening at PKT garden is a real team effort. There's plenty going on with three Sisters of Mercy now involved.
The team decided that it would be a real pleasure to nominate Sister Rosemary Revell in the NZ Gardener magazine awards.
She was then one of 10 finalists for the overall prize of New Zealand's top gardener. This was decided by public vote.
The top prize includes $3000 vouchers from Mitre 10, which Sr Rosie says would go towards expanding the garden project to help more people. This year, there has been a real focus on donating garden produce to needy families. As well, the garden is host to workshops to teach young mothers how to grow healthy food.
From Sister Rosemary:
"As far as I am concerned any prizes would go to the garden and to help others start their own gardens at home. If we do make it we could have garden set-up kits for all those who join Bridget’s gardening classes and garden set-up programme."
Sister Rosie's lovely photo and article appeared in the October issue of NZ Gardener magazine.
Excerpt from our nomination letter:
To a visitor, Rosemary is hard to miss in her ever-present fluoro pink windbreaker. Spend any time with her, and you’ll find she is a woman of action. Sleeves pushed up, she mucks in with gusto on garden work, making compost heaps, cutting up prunings, and weeding the vegie beds.
Her persistence and humour ensure she gets the best work out of each of her gardeners, while helping them grow in skill and self-belief. She places her faith in these three men, helping them through personal struggles, and sending them on gardening workshops to learn methods to apply in their work.
We also love her warm and down to earth hospitality. Rosemary often bakes scones or muffins and makes pickles (using ingredients from the garden) which appear on the table for the morning tea she unfailingly provides each day. Her loud ring of “kettle’s boiled” across the garden is a welcome sound.