Green-fingered gardener retires and gives back her trophies


Shane Brennan

A GREEN-FINGERED gardener is returning her trophies for others to win.

Mrs Mary Davies, of Llansanan, St Asaph, won competitions with Rhuddlan Borough Council and Denbighshire Council during her life.

The 98-year-old said: “I want the trophies to be passed on so I’m trying to track down who gave them to me.

“When the gardening competitions stopped I was told to hold on to them until they started up again but it never happened. I’ve had them for years now.”

Mrs Davies has more than 12 trophies  and 19 certificates for her gardens, which
she grew from seed, as well as vegetable gardens.

She said: “I remember one of the prizes was five shillings. All the money I won went straight back into buying seeds as they were so expensive in those days.

“I would grow about 2,000 plants for the show every year. It was a lot of hard work but it was healthy for me. I used to love being outdoors  and would spend all day in the garden.”

Mrs Davies was a nursing auxiliary at HM Stanley for 15 years and, aged 90, received a qualification from the Open University . She has studied history, archaeology and literature and is currently painting with a group at Denbigh library.

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