Jack Davidson has proved to be an evergreen success by collecting three awards at the Midlothian Council Tenants’ Garden Competition – even though he is the ripe old age of 88.
Jack was presented with his gold certificates for best overall garden, best vegetable garden and best floral display by Provost Joe Wallace at his home in Pathhead.
A seasoned competitor and heavily decorated gardener, Jack, who worked as a greenkeeper and parks department foreman for Midlothian Council before retiring, vowed he is aiming to carry on entering his garden into competitions.
Jack said: “Folk often ask me: When are you going to stop? I’m 89 in March, but I get so much enjoyment from it and it keeps me busy.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have won a lot of awards over the years and it is always nice to receive recognition for your hard work.”
Councillor Joe Wallace said he was bowled over by Jack’s efforts and that the octogenarian’s green-fingered skills are an inspiration for everybody.
He added: “I wish I had Jack’s green fingers – his gardening skills are second to none and it is fitting that he has received all these awards.
“I was delighted to be able to present Jack with the certificates and admire his garden; he has set a very high benchmark for everybody else to follow.
“The overall standard in the Tenants’ Garden Competition was impressively high again this year and congratulations to everybody who participated, especially to Jack, who won best overall garden.”
The competition’s 2016 winners were as follows: Best overall garden: gold – Mr John Davidson, silver plus – Mr and Mrs Liddle, silver plus – Mr and Mrs Bassindale, bronze – Miss Rose Findlay, silver – Mrs Katrina Ross, silver – Mr and Mrs Gilluley; tallest sunflower: gold – Caitlin, 2.13m, silver plus – Aiden, 2.10m; most improved garden: silver – Miss Rose Findlay; best floral display: bronze – Miss Rose Findlay, silver – Mrs Katrina Ross, silver plus – Mr and Mrs Liddle, gold – Mr John Davidson, silver plus – Mr and Mrs Bassindale; best vegetable garden: gold – Mr John Davidson; best ornamental garden: silver – Miss Rose Findlay, gold – Mr and Mrs Bassindale.