This year’s winner of the Falkirk and district garden competition says he uses old toilets to decorate his prized patch.
Despite a mixed summer of frustrating weather for horticulturalists, gardens have bloomed and Roger Findlay’s was voted best in the area to lift the much sought-after title.
The 62-year-old had been entering the competition for 10 years and this year’s win is his first. His garden in High Station Road is packed with a range of flowers, annual bedding, herbaceous plants and topiary, featuring around 10 bonsai plants which need a skilled hand to maintain.
Roger, a retired community services worker with Falkirk Council, said: “I like to have a good variety in the garden and since I retired in 2005 I’ve been in the garden a lot.
“It hasn’t been great but during the summer I’m in the garden all day long, it’s more colourful in the summer but you can make it just as interesting during the winter with different plants.
“I have a few old sinks and even an old cistern I got from a neighbour when they were getting a new bathroom with plants in them that look really good.”
Runner-up this year was previous winner Malvina Dwyer of Avondbridge and third place went to Norman Scott of Thistle Street in Grangemouth.
Other district-wide winners were: Best church garden – St Marys RC Church, Linlithgow Road, Bo’ness; Best small garden – Mr WR Coleman, 59 Tummel place, Grangemouth; Best wildlife garden – Stephen Weiss, Pirnie Cottage, Avonbridge Road, Slamannan.
Provost Pat Reid said: “Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s competition and to the winners.
“As with every other year, the gardens looked wonderful which is all the more impressive considering the poor weather we’ve had for most of the summer.”
Falkirk: 1 Roger Findlay, High Station Road; Senior Citizen: Jean McGinlay, St Giles Square, Camelon; Newcomer: Christine Allen, Mandela Avenue. Grangemouth & Bo’ness: 1 Norman Scott, Thistle Avenue, Grangemouth; Senior Citizen: John Duncan, Hamilton Road, Grangemouth; Newcomer: Tom Stevenson, Bank Street, Grangemouth; Denny, Dunipace, Bonnybridge & Banknock: 1 Charles Johnman, Avonside Drive, Dunipace; Senior Citizen: Mr J Reid, Ferguson Drive, Denny; Newcomer: Mr & Mrs Crorken, Chestnut Crescent, Dunipace; Larbert/Stenhousemuir area: 1 Mr & Mrs Macintosh, Allanbank Road, Larbert; Senior Citizen: Jenny McCartney, Bryce Avenue, Carron. The Braes: Maureen Johnstone, Cannalside cottage, Reddingmuirhead; Senior Citizen: Malvina Dwyer, Falkirk Road, Avonbridge; Newcomer Mr & Mrs Hubbocks, Tiree Crescent, Polmont.