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Entries Are Now Closed

Entries to the 2017 Spring Garden Competition are now closed.

Entrants in the Large, Small, Courtyard or Balcony, Edible, Native & Habitat-friendly, Children, School, Pre-School, Community, Commercial Gardens and Bushcare Sites will be contacted by a council officer in early September to confirm allocated date and time for judging of their entry. Judging is scheduled to take place mid-week from mid-September to early October. Winners in these categories will be announced at the Gala Evening held in early November.

Entrants in the Children’s Seed Growing Competition are to deliver their plants to Eden Gardens (307 Lane Cove Rd, Macquarie Park) at 9am – 5pm on 27 October or before 9.30am on 28 October. Plants will be judged at 9.30am – 10.30am on 28 October. Winners in the Children’s Seed Growing Competition will be announced at 11am on 28 October.


About The Spring Garden Competition

The City of Ryde has a long and proud history of conducting the Spring Garden Competition. This established community event has been held annually for more than thirty years. The City of Ryde is one of the few local councils still organising and providing a garden competition for its local residents and local community.

The Spring Garden Competition is a popular 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 (seniors), individual gardeners, families, community groups, different cultural groups, gardeners with different abilities, commercial organisations and small businesses. With eleven categories of entry, there is certainly something for everyone.  


  • Large Gardens: large private residential gardens - may be the whole garden or just a section.

  • Small Gardens: small private residential gardens - may be the whole garden or just a section.

  • Courtyard or Balcony Gardens: private residential garden using pots, planter boxes, ornaments, walled gardens etc.

  • Edible Gardens: vegetable gardens, fruit gardens, permaculture gardens etc.

  • Native & Habitat-friendly Gardens: gardens which feature Australian native plants and include habitat elements to encourage native fauna such as birds, lizards, possums and insects.

  • Children’s Gardens: private residential gardens inspired and created by a child, group of children or a family with young children.

  • School Gardens: gardens within local primary or high schools where students and teachers or the community have worked together.

  • Pre-School Gardens: gardens within local pre-schools where students and teachers or the community have worked together.

  • Community Gardens: garden projects where the local community, groups or community organisations have worked together.

  • Commercial Gardens: gardens within local businesses and commercial organisations eg. hotels, retirement villages, commercial premises, small and large businesses, universities etc.

  • Bushcare Sites: for an outstanding contribution made by volunteers at a recognised Bushcare site.

  • Children’s Seed Growing Competition: Children can enter in the following age brackets: 3 – 7 years, 8 - 11 years and 12 – 16 years. The seeds to be grown are Tiny Tim Tomato Seeds. Free seeds, pot and growing instructions will be available for collection from Eden Gardens. Note: We encourage entries in the Children’s Seed Growing category to be made before 31 July to allow for maximum seed growing time. Visit the Children's Seed Growing Competition page for more details.

View the Judging of Entries and Judging Criteria of the 2017 Spring Garden Competition here.

Key Dates

1 July 2017
Entries open for 2017 Spring Garden Competition.

31 August 2017
Entries close for 2017 Spring Garden Competition. 

Early September 2017
City of Ryde council officer will contact entrants to confirm their allocated time and date for judging. 

Mid-September to early October 2017
Garden judges accompanied by a City of Ryde council officer will visit and judge all Spring Garden Competition entries on the allocated date at the allocated time slot. 

2 November 2017
Gala Presentation Evening at Eden Gardens where entrants can meet and mingle with fellow gardeners, community representatives and supporters of the event. The highlight of this evening will be the announcement of the 2017 Spring Garden Competition winners and place getters.  

Note: To see the key dates for the Children's Seed Growing category, please click here.

Image Gallery of Past Entries

Click on the links below for some inspiration and view photos from some entries from previous Spring Garden Competition events.

More Information

For further enquiries call City of Ryde’s Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222. 


Eden Gardens Snowden Parkes Real Estate Agents Top Ryde City Shopping Centre Suez Sam the Paving Man

Eden Gardens SUEZ Ray White North Ryde RELN Gardens Sam The Paving Man

Last updated on 1 September 2017