Midhurst in bloom prize is tribute to well-known gardener

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Brian Kitchener, 75, who has single-handedly terraced part of his garden in the last year has been rewarded with top prize in the Midhurst in Bloom competition.

Judges for the event organised by Midhurst Town Council, complemented Mr Kitchener on his garden and “the huge amount of work since last year which includes a variety of plants and vegetables with potential to get even better.”

It is third time lucky for Mr Kitchener who first entered his Downsview garden in the competition in 2010.

He had spent three months rebuilding it as a tribute to his brother, well-known Petworth gardener Melvyn Kitchener who died shortly before the winners were announced and did not live to see Mr Kitchener pick up first prize for a newly-planted garden.

This year he is the overall winner and receives the Rotherhill Nursery Cup donated to Midhurst in Bloom by nursery owner David Burton.

“I am over the moon,” he said, “I started this garden for my brother and he would have been very proud of me, we started gardening together when we were about five years old.”

Runner up in the competition is veteran gardener Wendy Liddle, a Midhurst in Bloom stalwart.

Winner of the new Green-fingered Greenhorn category is Robbie-Ann Riederer.