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Entries open 1 July 2018

This year’s Spring Garden Competition is expected to attract high quality entries from a variety of individuals, children, families, schools, community groups/organisations and local businesses.

    Check back on 1 July 2018 to enter!

    Entry details

    • All entries must be based in the City of Ryde local government area.
    • Entry to the 2018 Spring Garden Competition is free.
    • Entries open on Sunday 1 July 2018 and close on Friday 31 August 2018.
    • We encourage entries in the Children’s Seed Growing category to be made before Tuesday 31 July 2018 to allow for maximum seed growing time.

    About The Spring Garden Competition

    The City of Ryde has a long and proudly 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 twelve 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 a group of 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 Empress of India Nasturtiums. 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 2018 to allow for maximum seed growing time.

      View the Judging of Entries and Judging Criteria of the 2018 Spring Garden Competition here.

      Key Dates

      1 July 2018
      Entries open for 2018 Spring Garden Competition.

      31 August 2018
      Entries close for 2018 Spring Garden Competition.

      Early September 2018
      City of Ryde council officer will contact entrants to confirm their allocated time and date for judging. 

      Mid-September to early October 2018
      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. 

      25 October 2018
      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 2018 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 22 June 2018