Meet Shirley Johnson, the 2016 Gardener of the Year winner!
A retired schoolteacher turned guerrilla gardener from North Fitzroy, Melbourne, wins the Golden Spade. Shirley has shown amazing passion, resilience, creativity and community spirit in transforming the empty garden beds in her street into jewelled tapestries of flowers and foliage.

See inside for 16 pages of photos and interviews with Shirley and the other category winners.

Melbourne Cup roses
The flowers at Flemington turn just as many heads as the frocks and horses. ‘Keeper of the Roses’ Terry Freeman explains how he makes the roses bloom on cue every year.

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Win a botanical design book from Hardie Grant

We have six copies of ‘Loose Leaf’, valued at $45, to be won.

Win a Gardena Hose Trolley Set

We have three trolley sets to be won, worth $190 each.