Avonbridge gardener has done it again

Malvina Dwyer and her award winning garden
Malvina Dwyer and her award winning garden
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Blooming marvellous - that’s the verdict on Malvina Dwyer’s well-known garden.

The stunning greenspace in Avonbridge has once again been crowned overall champion in Falkirk Council’s annual garden competition.

Malvina previously took first prize in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

This year she edged out her friend Charles Johnman, whose garden in Dunipace won in 2010 and 2011, into second place.

“It’s a friendly rivalry,” said Malvina (78). “I’m delighted to win again.”

It’s been a tough year for gardeners across the district as the summer has been one of the wettest on record.

“It’s been hard work. I’ve had to add fresh bedding plants at least three times to add a bit of colour,” Malvina said.

“But my begonias have still been quite good. They don’t mind whether it’s wet or dry.”

The full list of winners is:

Falkirk: Private - Roger Findlay, High Station Road; Senior - Stanton David Spender, Thornhill Court; Newcomer - Larissa Anne Turnbull, Carron Road, Bainsford.

Grangemouth: Private - Norman Scott, Thistle Avenue; Senior - John Duncan, Hamilton Road.

Denny, Bonnybridge & Banknock: Private - Charles Johnman, Avonside Drive, Dunipace; Senior - J.Reid, Ferguson Drive, Denny.

Larbert & Stenhousemuir: Private - Mr & Mrs MacIntosh, Allanbank Road; Senior - John Robson, Graham Terrace, Airth; Newcomer - Jacqueline Brown, King Street.

Braes: Private - Ivy Ewing, Church Road, California; Senior - Malvina Dwyer, Avonbridge; Newcomer - Mr & Mrs Weiss, Slamannan.

District-wide: best church garden - St Mary’s RC Church, Bo’ness; best small garden - Mr & Mrs Mcguire, Blenheim Place, Larbert; best wildlife garden - Glenwood Tenants & Residents Association for Fankerton Glen Entrance.

Overall winners: First - Malvina Dwyer; Second - Charles Johnman; Third - St Mary’s RC Church.