Spring Garden Competition Winners Announced

Published on 01 November 2022

Photo of Back Garden for 1st Place winner Rae Roy

The City of Ryde has announced its Spring Garden Competition winners.

The City 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. Judging for the event is based on three key 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.

The Local School Gardens Award this year went to North Ryde Community Pre School. This beautiful garden involved a wooden tent feature, as well as palm trees and beautifully maintained plants. The second prize went to West Ryde Public School and third prize went to Gladesville Public. This award involved teachers and students working together to achieve outcomes.

The Native and Habitat-Friendly Gardens Award, for gardens which feature Australian native plants, first prize went to David Thomas for his garden which included many healthy trees and ferns. The second prize went to Pamela Ward at The Habitat and third prize went to Cathy and Chris. The Community Engagement and Sustainability Award this year went to Paul Sanders.

The Front Gardens Award, for gardens adjacent to the street, first prize went to Sue Kennedy for her beautifully maintained garden which included a plant-based wall feature and carefully manicured hedge. The second prize went to Sarvnaz Karimi and third prize went to Mitchell Brown.

The Back Gardens Award category’s first prize went to Rae Roy for her backyard which included stepping-stones through the lawn and a vibrant array of healthy flowering plants. The second prize went to Yvonne Brading and third prize went to Erica Goldfinch. The Special Judges Award for a Professionally Designed Garden went to Grace Pestonji.

The Community Gardens Award, for garden projects where the local community, groups or community organisations have worked together, went to The Habitat. This beautiful garden featured rustic timber boxes and circular tin water tank style garden beds.

Other key winners at this year’s Spring Garden Competition included:

  • Courtyard or Balcony Gardens  
    • First Prize- Sue Kennedy
    • Second Prize- Cathy and Chris
    • Third Prize- Julie Broadhead
  • Bushcare Sites
    • First Prize- Kitty’s Creek - Libby, John and Len
    • Second Prize- Waterloo Park - Peter Barrett
    • Third Prize- Cemetery - Field of Mars - Phil Ward
  • Edible Gardens
    • First Prize- Alexander Djerdjev
    • Second Prize- Erica Goldfinch
    • Third Prize- Ying Shi
    • Encouragement Award- Jayden Wang 
  • Commercial Gardens
    • First Prize- Living Choice
    • Second Prize- Colliers

Congratulations to all the people and organisations that took part in this year’s event. Fantastic work.

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