The hard work and long hours spent beautifying her surroundings paid off for Marcia Springer, the winner of the Urban Development Commission’s (UDC) 2016 Garden Beautification Competition.
Her prize was a water tank and irrigation system which will be installed by students of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
The excited Springer, who grows vegetables and herbs, said she had been involved in gardening since 2005.
“I am proud to see that I could win the competition,” she said, adding that she has won other garden competitions over the years, including at this year’s AgroFest.
Springer pointed out that several children from her community regularly assisted her in the garden and she was keen on continuing to share her skills with them, so that they would get involved in the agriculture sector.
Even though gardening is a lot of hard work, Springer is encouraging other Barbadians to take up the hobby, saying it would keep them fit.
Project Officer at the UDC Paula Gall presented Patricia Phillips of Bayville, St. Michael with the second prize of two gardening vouchers from Carter’s General Stores and H & B Hardware, while Cherylann Sivers-Anchinike took the third prize of a garden hamper sponsored by EZ Pave.
The competition, themed Greening, Growing for all Generations, was part of the UDC’s activities to celebrate Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. It was designed to encourage those living in urban areas to get involved in greening their communities.