THE Coalition may have come up trumps in the Federal Election but there was another winner to emerge in our region that day as the Hervey Bay Spring Garden Competition judges decided our best garden.

Darryl Kelley from East Booral impressed the judges with his bright garden beds and neat trimmed lawns to receive their vote for competition grand champion.

"It's probably the best year I've had the garden like this," he said.

"I think the colour with all the flowers (was what impressed the judges) but I'm not sure."

Mr Kelley said it was only the second time he'd entered the competition in the six years he and wife Daphne had lived at the Booral residence, and the win came as a surprise.

He said the warmer-than-usual winter had had an effect.

"The early spring brought plants on a lot quicker, and things flowered a lot earlier than they normally would," he said.

"It was still good but a lot of plants finished early (before judging)."

Competition convener Henny Hof said timing the judging was tricky, with this year's spring coming early while last year's came late.

Then there's also politics to be mindful of.

"We were going to have the judging on the 14th, but Julia Gillard called the election for that date, so we changed it to the seventh."

Then, as it transpired, Kevin Rudd came back into the leadership and called the election for the earlier date.

Click here for the full list of winners



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