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2017 Winners

3 - 7 years of age

1st place: Rosalie Tang
2nd place: Evelyn Tang
3rd place: Imogen Rizk
Highly Commended: Tobias Aylett 

8 - 11 years of age

1st place: Jayden Rizk
2nd place: Tanisha Chari
3rd place: Aaron Pease 

12 - 16 years of age

1st place: Trisna Chari

Best Decorated Pot

1st place: Charlotte Judd

2nd place: Hailey Judd

3rd place: Cooper Elsworth


Childrens Seed Growing Competition

Children's Seed Growing Categories

The aim of the competition was to see who could grow the best Tiny Tim Tomatoes plant from seed. Age brackets for entries were:

  • 3 - 7 years of age
  • 8 - 11 years of age
  • 12 - 16 years of age

Once applicants entered the competition, they received a free seed growing kit (Tiny Tin Tomato seeds, 1 x pot, growing instructions and entry tag - limit of one kit per child) from Eden Gardens from 1 July – 31 July 2017 (Eden Gardens is located at 307 Lane Cove Rd, Macquarie Park).

Entrants were encouraged to register before 31 July to allow for maximum seed growing time. The seed planting date for the competition was from Sunday 30 July 2017.

Late entry, collection of seeds and late planting were permitted up until 31 August.


  • Read and follow the seed growing instructions provided.
  • Plant your seeds from Sunday 30 July 2017 (not before).
  • Plant multiple seeds and grow multiple plants or try planting seeds over a number of weeks in different pots. For judging we ask that you choose your best one or two plants to enter.
  • See Eden Garden staff if you wish to obtain spare recycled pots to grow extra plants.
  • Don’t forget to decorate your pot. Prize available for the best decorated pot.
  • When you are collecting your free seeds growing kit from Eden Gardens, you can also enter the annual Gnome Roam competition, a fundraiser for the Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets. Learn more(PDF, 2MB)
  • Don’t forget to bring your plant to Eden Gardens on 27 October 9am – 5pm or 28 October before 9.30am for judging. No late entries accepted. Winners will be announced at 11am on 28 October.

Judging Criteria

All judging of Children Seed Growing entries took place on Saturday 28 October 2017. Entries were judged by a panel of horticulturalists and garden judges. Judging criteria for the tomato plants were as follows: 

  • Overall condition of the plant - sturdiness
  • Freedom from pests and disease
  • Size of plant - height and width
  • Number of leaves, flowers and tomatoes
  • Best decorated pot also receives an award.


  • Online event entry is required prior to collection of seed growing kit.
  • Please present a print out of your entry confirmation to the cashier at the Eden Garden Centre to collect your free seed growing kit (limit of one seed growing kit per child). 
  • All entries in the Children’s Seed Growing Competition must use the supplied seeds and follow supplied growing instructions as collected from Eden Gardens.
  • No hydroponic, artificial growth hormones, hot houses or artificial lights to be used.
  • If a child enters multiple plants they will only be considered for a single place/prize (ie. they cannot win multiple places/prizes in their age bracket).

Image Gallery

Get some inspiration and view photos from the 2016 Children's Sunflower Growing Competition.

More Information

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


The 2017 Spring Garden Competition is sponsored by:

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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 9 November 2017