Award-winning garden is tribute to late mother

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A GRANDMOTHER has spoken of her happiness at winning a gardening competition.

Shirley Jones entered the Portsmouth City Council-run competition as she is a council tenant living in Hood House, Soberton Road, Leigh Park.

The 59-year-old spends many hours tending the garden in front of her block of flats and made a particular impression on judges with a memorial garden dedicated to her late mother Ellen Johnson, who passed away last year aged 89.

Mrs Jones was a winner in the competition along with Caroline Eaton, of Wakefords Way, West Leigh, and Chris Allen, of Woodcot Crescent, West Leigh.

All three were honoured for the way they transformed small patches into riots of colour with some brilliant designs for small spaces.

Mrs Jones said: ‘The garden is just outside my flat and goes right across the communal area.

‘I decided to take it on back when my mum died. I did a little garden when she first passed away and the council told me I could increase it.

‘I’ve put in petunias, lobelias and rhododendron. I’ve also put lots of evergreens in there.

‘I was very excited when I found out I’d won. It made me realise that it was worth all the effort.

‘My mum loved her garden. My eldest granddaughter says my garden is a fitting tribute to her.’