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.

View a gallery of the entries in the Spring Garden Competition 2014.

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2014 Winners


Best Large Garden (sponsored by Eden Gardens)

1st Place - Eugene Shashkof
2nd Place - Angela Thomas
3rd Place - Heidi Gardner

Best Small Garden (sponsored by Snowden Parkes)

1st Place - Rae and Annalissa Roy

2nd Place - David Heyworth
3rd Place - Marion Nichol

Highly Commended - Adrienne Hicks
Commended - Stuart Leece and On Sook Jun

Best Courtyard/Balcony Garden

1st Place - Sharon Wardle

2nd Place - Maureen Bennett
3rd Place - Jill Crow

Commended - Sadhana Desai

Best Edible Garden

1st Place - Bernadette Douglas

2nd Place - Margaret Mossakowska

3rd Place - Janna Mizens


Best Children's Garden

1st Place - Grandchildren of Barbara Ford

2nd Place - Sarah Yep

3rd Place - Sophie and Lily Arendse

Highly Commended - Aaron Pease

Best Commercial Garden (sponsored by SITA Australia)

1st Place - Living Choice - Leisure Lea Garden
2nd Place - Calvary Retirement Community
3rd Place - InvoCare Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens

Best Community Garden

1st Place - Macquarie University Community Garden Club

2nd Place - 184A Pittwater Rd Community Garden

3rd Place - The Habitat

Best School Garden

1st Place - Kent Road Public School

2nd Place - West Ryde Public School

3rd Place - Marist College Eastwood
Special Recognition Award - Doomben Ave Gardening Crew

Best Bushcare Site

1st Place - Meadowbank Park Bushcare Group

2nd Place - Monash Road Bushcare Group

3rd Place - Portius Park Bushcare Group


Judging and Judging Criteria


All entries were personally judged by a panel of appointed garden judges and horticulture professionals. The City of Ryde contacted entrants to coordinate a suitable time for the judging panel to view each Spring Garden Competition entry. Wherever possible judging was take place during mid to late September 2014.

It was preferable that Spring Garden Competition entrants were present at their allocated judging timeslot and during the judging of their entry. Judging took between 10 – 30 minutes depending on the size and nature of the entry. Entrants were encouraged to show the judges around their garden. The judges asked the entrants some basic questions about their garden and gardening practices.

For most categories, judging was 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.

Some categories will have some additional or specific judging criteria:

  • The Community Garden category will have additional judging criteria relating to community engagement and community participation.
  • The Children’s Garden, Pre-school Garden and School Garden categories will have additional judging criteria relating to the engagement and participation of the child, children or students.
  • The Edible Garden category will have additional judging criteria relating to edible produce and productive practices.
  • The Bushcare category will have slightly different judging criteria as it is a specialist area and will take Bushcare principles and best practice into consideration.

Page Last Updated: 11 July 2014

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