Spring Garden Competition

About the Spring Garden Competition

The Spring Garden Competition is a popular annual community event that has a unique ‘hands on’ quality. Creative and well-tended garden entries are expected from a wide variety of city landscapes including traditional back gardens, courtyards, balconies, river-frontages, corporate green-spaces, community gardens, school yards and large tracts of natural bushland. 

This is an inclusive event and we strongly encourage entries from young aspiring green thumbs (children) to older green thumbs, individual gardeners, families, community groups, different cultural groups, commercial organisations and small businesses. With nine categories, there is certainly something for everyone.

2013 Winners

Most Beautiful Large Garden - Marina and Harry Haralambous
2nd Patricia Pelly
3rd James Foster
Highly Commended Vanessa Grinter

Most Beautiful Small Garden - Rae and Annalissa Roy
2nd Adrienne Hick
3rd Jan Aiello
Highly Commended Catherine Popescu

Most Beautiful Courtyard/Balcony - Judy Thomson
2nd Barbara Ford
3rd The late Shirley Lynch
Highly Commended Jane Corrigan

Best Edible Garden - Bernadette and John Douglas
2nd Julie Jardine
3rd Carmelo Raffaele
High Commended Bernard Russell and Jimmy Shaw

Best Children’s Garden - Sarah Yep
2nd The Grandchildren of Barbara Ford
3rd Aaron Pease

Best School Garden - Kent Road Public School
2nd West Ryde Public School
3rd Truscott Street School
Special Mention for commitment and encouragement of children with special needs – Deborah Cunneen Ryde Secondary College

Best Pre-School Garden - St George’s Pre-School
2nd Goulding Hill Pre-School
3rd St John’s Pre-School

Most Beautiful Commercial Garden - Calvary Retirement Ryde
2nd Living Choice Leisure Lea Gardens
3rd Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens

Best Bushcare Site - Pryor Park Bushcare
2nd Meadowbank Park Bushcare
3rd (equal placing) Friends of Darvall Park/Friends of Lane Cove National Park
Special Mention for long term commitment to Bushcare and willingness to share knowledge and enthusiasm – Werner Klarenaar Lambert Park/Brush Farm

To see photos of the winning entries in the City of Ryde 2013 Spring Garden Competition go to our Facebook page.

Judging Criteria

All entries are personally judged by a panel of appointed garden judges and horticulture professionals during September. The City of Ryde will contact entrants to coordinate a suitable time for the judging panel to view each Garden entry. Judging will take place during the month of September 2013.

For most categories, judging is based on three main factors:

  • Maintenance - the lack of elements such as dead and diseased plants, well presented lawns and clipped shrubs, considered water usage and overall attention to detail.
  • Design - aspects such as layout, colour, use of line, form and texture, plant use and once again attention to detail within this context.
  • Intent - the active participation of the entrant, level of knowledge and enthusiasm and extent of third party assistance.  

More Information

For further enquiries call Customer Service on 9952 8222.

Page Last Updated: 10 March 2014

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