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Continued: In New Hope garden contest, prize winner is a surprise winner

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 15, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Still, she spends an hour each day watering and noodling in the front and back gardens. She spends more time on the weekends, moving plants about, pruning and tending.

Her husband helps.

“Because I have the green thumb, he does the digging and I do the planting,” she said.

Navalta keeps photo journals of her garden, to document what thrived and what floundered. Flipping through the pages also gets her through the long winter months.

When she found out that she had won the award, she thanked her nominator, Nelson, with a bouquet of flowers and some garden chitchat.

“She calls it her ‘no work’ garden, which is ridiculous,” said Nelson. “Her yard is gorgeous; it makes me happy.”

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