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Entries Open on 1 July 2017
- All entries must be based in the City of Ryde local government area.
- Entry to the 2017 Spring Garden Competition is free.
- Entries open on Saturday 1 July 2017 and close on Thursday 31 August 2017.
- We encourage entries in the Children’s Seed Growing category to be made before Monday 31 July 2017 to allow for maximum seed growing time.
Judging of Entries and Judging Criteria
All entries in the Large, Small, Courtyard or Balcony, Edible, Native & Habitat-friendly, Children, School, Pre-School, Community, Commercial Gardens and Bushcare Sites will be personally judged by a panel of appointed garden judges and horticulture professionals. The City of Ryde will contact entrants to coordinate a suitable time for the judging panel to view each Spring Garden Competition entry. Wherever possible judging will take place during mid-September to early October 2017.
It is preferable that Spring Garden Competition entrants are present at their allocated judging timeslot and during the judging of their entry. Judging generally takes between 10 – 30 minutes depending on the size and nature of the entry. Entrants are encouraged to show the judges around their garden. The judges may ask the entrant some basic questions about their garden and gardening practices.
For most categories, judging will be 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 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 Native & Habitat-friendly Garden category will have additional judging criteria relating to Australian native plants and the provision of habitat-elements for local fauna.
- The Community Garden category will have additional judging criteria relating to community engagement and community participation.
- 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.
All entrants in Large, Small, Courtyard or Balcony, Edible, Native & Habitat-friendly, Children, School, Pre-School, Community, Commercial Gardens and Bushcare Sites will be invited to attend a Gala Presentation Evening for the announcements of the 2017Spring Garden Competition winners.
For further enquiries call City of Ryde’s Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222.
The 2017 Spring Garden Competition is sponsored by: