Grand Champion garden winners Arch and Julie Roggeveen are presented with their trophy by Heritage Building Society CEO John Minz (left) and The Chronicle general manager Rohan Gosstray.
Grand Champion garden winners Arch and Julie Roggeveen are presented with their trophy by Heritage Building Society CEO John Minz (left) and The Chronicle general manager Rohan Gosstray. Bev Lacey

Garden champs love hard work

ONE look is all it takes to see the huge amount of work that goes into maintaining Arch and Julie Roggeveen's Grand Champion-winning garden at Glencoe Court.

But when you love gardening as much as the Roggeveens do, could you really call it work?

"We've been keen gardeners for 40 years and still absolutely love it," Mrs Roggeveen said.

"It's a real solitary pursuit; I love being able to work in a garden this size."

When the Roggeveens first moved into their Toowoomba home 12-years-ago, the backyard was little more than a grassy field with the occasional tree.

The couple worked hard to create their perfect garden and it paid off - the Roggeveens also won The Chronicle's Garden Competition Grand Champion Garden award in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

"We decided not to enter last year and it gave us a chance to look at the other gardens around Toowoomba during carnival time," Mrs Roggeveen said.

"Toowoomba gardeners should be really proud of themselves."

The Roggeveens said they loved meeting the tens of thousands of visitors who walk through their garden during the Carnival of Flowers.

"We try to make ourselves available to talk to everybody," Mrs Roggeveen said.

"We get so busy with visitors I barely even have time to eat."


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