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Phone book fame for Leongatha family

WHENEVER you are in need of a phone number, chances are you will see a Leongatha family on the front of the latest phone book.
The family of Shane Paterson and Vivian Carroll, and their daughters Alisha Paterson and Sophie Paterson, features on the front of Yellow Pages’ Leongatha, Korumburra, Wonthaggi, Warragul and Drouin directory.
The family was chosen after winning a competition requiring entrants to provide gardening tips.
“The photo makes me smile, because it is of my family, with my two beautiful daughters at one of their favourite places,” Ms Carroll said.
“We appear on the cover to promote gardening and growing our own fruit and vegetables as part of an arrangement between Yellow Pages and the group – Australian City Farms and Community Gardens – who actively promote growing fresh produce.
“I do have to giggle about being called the ‘Warragul region – gardener of the year’ as we outsource most of the heavy labour of gardening in our home garden to the lovely Tan and Michael Darmanin, so they are the gardeners behind the gardener of the year.
“This allows us to have time to enjoy the fun parts of growing our own produce, without the need to weed!”
The family is pictured in the Leongatha Community Garden, which Ms Carroll described as “a vital facility for the local population, providing the opportunity for many people to grow fresh produce, to interact with other gardeners and community groups, and to enjoy a flourishing environment”.
“I maintain an active interest in gardening, as well as an often fruitful garden bed at the community garden,” she said.
“Seeing my daughters absorbed in everything from planting to watering and picking, I can’t help but think that being involved in gardening will serve them well in the future.
“Alisha and Sophie enjoy a range of vegetables and fruits and are happy to try food when they have actively been part of growing it.
“We all enjoy sharing the experience with gardeners of every age and background, and I have a huge sense of satisfaction whenever I can use something I grew in my cooking, or to share with family and friends.”
In recent months, the family’s patch has produced loads of tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, basil, thyme, parsley, parsnips and carrots to share and swap with others.
“As a result we have had ample supplies of potatoes, pumpkin, apples, rhubarb and berries in season, grown by our friends,” Ms Carroll said.
A spokesperson for Yellow Pages said entries were judged on the creativity and beauty of each garden, and the accompanying gardening tip submitted.
Ms Carroll’s tip was: “Give your heart to your garden. Getting up close to and being engaged with your plants will better your understanding of what your garden needs. Whether it be feeding, weeding or watering, your plants will thank you for the attention! Plus, who doesn’t want to spend more time hanging out in the garden they’ve created!”

Family scene: Shane Paterson and Vivian Carroll with their daughters Alisha Paterson (left) and Sophie Paterson, in the Leongatha Community Garden, as they appear on the front of the latest Yellow Pages directory.

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