A garden which provided healing therapy to a couple following an horrific car crash has won this year’s Aylesbury in Bloom competition.
Jackie Goodair burst into tears when her exceptionally pretty garden at Lower Close won two awards at the presentation ceremony on Thursday evening – for best back garden and also best garden overall.
She said: “I cried, I was so overwhelmed. It’s the first time I have entered with this garden, although I have entered the competition before when I lived in Highbridge Road.”
Mrs Goodair and her husband Haydn moved to Lower Close after he was involved in a road traffic accident which meant he had to retire from his carpet and flooring business due to a back injury.
“This garden has been a labour of love and healing therapy for us,” said Mrs Goodair.
When they moved in the garden was very basic, with areas of lawn.
Now there is no grass at all – instead the garden is filled with a multitude of purple, pink and white flowers and variegated foliage, two seating areas, a summer house, ornaments, an archway, patio area, greenhouse, brick walls and pebble footpaths.
“It gives me immense pleasure,” said Mrs Goodair.
“It’s a very personal garden, but all gardens are. Once planted it requires only very little time to maintain, a bit of clipping back. It is very densely planted so there are few weeds.”
Mrs Goodair also paints and sews and her creative streak is obvious in the extremely feminine garden.
Much of it has been created from recycled materials and her husband has sourced a lot of items via eBay and from the local dump, and has taken her to plant fairs and car boot sales.
“It has been created on a shoestring,” said Mrs Goodair, “We have used a lot of recycled materials. The plants were put in gradually.
“A garden has to evolve. The majority of the shrubs lived in pots while we observed where the sun and shade was, so that we could put them in the right places.
“We have no lawn because there is no point mowing a very small space, and I am a plant person.
“Now that it is completed we have been able to enjoy it as well as working in it. We have coffee and breakfast at the top table and late in the day we move to the other table nearer to the house.”
The annual competition is run by Aylesbury Town Council.
You can see a video of the garden by clicking play above, or this link will take you to a picture slideshow of the garden.