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LOCAL garden experts Ghost Gum Gardening have a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to beautifying your tropical landscapes.

The gardening and irrigation business is part of a crop of nine other local businesses that have jumped on board the 2019 Douglas Garden Awards.

Ghost Gum Gardening Director Corey Frahn, who has lived in the region for more than 20 years, believes there is no better place to ‘Let it Grow’.

“Coming up to the dry season, being Water Wise is so important in the Douglas Shire,” he said.



“I suggest that if you haven’t already done so, you should mulch your gardens now as this helps coming into the dry season to retain the moisture in the soil.

“Also, only water your garden two to three times per week for a longer period that will help the plants to become more tolerant to less water during the dry.

Mr Frahn believes it is also having a well-serviced irrigation system to ensure there are no faults or leaks.

More gardening tips will be at the ready when a Q&A session with Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis at the Mossman Shire Hall next Wednesday night, July 31.

The event is open to the public and features brief presentations from Mossman Botanic Gardens Chairman John Sullivan, Mossman Nursery staff and representatives from Biosecurity Queensland’s Electric Ant Eradication Program.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said everyone was welcome to attend.

“Come be part of the fun and spend some time with Australia’s most popular television presenter,” she said.

“Costa will answer your gardening questions, have a chat and spend some time with the people of Douglas Shire.

“It is fantastic to have so many people involved in this year’s Douglas Garden Awards and some great local businesses on board.”

The Q&A with Costa is a free event. Call 4099 9444 for more details.

Garden judging starts next Wednesday will finish on Thursday, August 1 followed by an awards presentation at Port Douglas Community Hall from 7pm that night.

“I am really looking forward to checking out the entrants’ gardens and reminding Costa how much gardens in the tropics can flourish,” Mayor Leu said.

Douglas Shire Council would like to thanks all our fantastic sponsors:

Mossman Hardware, Mossman Botanic Gardens, Queensland Government, Daintree Discovery Centre, Botanic Garden Services, Papillon Landscapes, Ghost Gum Gardening & Irrigation, Hortulus Landscapes, Floravilla Ice Creamery and Mossman B&B.


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