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2016 Winners

Best Large Garden - sponsored by Eden Gardens

Large private residential gardens - may be the whole garden or just a section.

  • 1st place: Gary Eaves
  • 2nd place: Kerri Gallagher
  • 3rd place: Ken Bramwell
  • Commended: Marion Nichol
  • Encouragement Award: Adam Podnar
  • Notable Mention: Carol Wood

Best Small Garden - sponsored by Ray White North Ryde | Macquarie Park

Small private residential gardens - may be the whole garden or just a section.


  • 1st place: Rae & Annalissa Roy
  • 2nd place: David Heyworth
  • 3rd place: Jemma Rollo
  • Highly Commended: Margaret Feltham 
  • Encouragement Award: Greg & Judy Pointing

Best Courtyard or Balcony Garden

Private residential garden using pots, planter boxes, ornaments, walled gardens etc.


  • 1st place: Annalissa Roy
  • 2nd place: Adrienne Hick
  • 3rd place: Angel Pease

Best Edible Garden - sponsored by Reln Garden

Vegetable gardens, fruit gardens, permaculture gardens etc.


  • 1st place: Catrin Goebel
  • 2nd place: Cindy Elbourne-Binns
  • 3rd place: Jeffrey Brown
  • Encouragement Award: James Mizens

Best Native & Habitat-friendly Garden

Gardens which feature Australian native plants and include habitat elements to encourage native fauna such as birds, lizards, possums and insects.


  • 1st place: Kerri Gallagher
  • 2nd place: Fran Reddacliff
  • 3rd place: Pamela Reeves
  • Highly Commended: The Habitat

Best Children’s Garden

Private residential gardens inspired and created by a child, group of children or a family with young children.


  • 1st place (equal): Sarah & Olivia Yep 
  • 1st place (equal): Sophie & Lily Arendse
  • 3rd place: James Mizens
  • Encouragement Award: Charli Simon

Best School Garden

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


  • 1st place: Kent Road Public School 
  • 2nd place: West Ryde Public School 
  • 3rd place: Meadowbank Public School
  • Highly Commended: Our Lady Queen of Peace School 
  • Encouragement Award: Ryde Secondary College

Best Pre-School Garden

Gardens within local pre-schools where students and teachers or the community have worked together.


  • 1st place: St Dunstans Pre-school Kindergarten
  • 2nd place: West Ryde Neighbourhood Children's Centre
  • 3rd Place: KU Eastwood Preschool

Best Community Garden

Garden projects where the local community, groups or community organisations have worked together.


  • 1st place: Royal Rehab
  • 2nd place: The Habitat
  • 3rd place: Riding for the Disabled

Best Commercial Garden - sponsored by SUEZ

Gardens within local businesses and commercial organisations e.g. hotels, retirement villages, commercial premises, small and large businesses, universities etc.


  • 1st place: Goodman Property Services (26 Talavera Rd)
  • 2nd place: Goodman Property Services (85 Waterloo Rd)
  • 3rd place: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium
  • Highly Commended: Living Choice - Leisure Lea Garden

Best Bushcare Site

For an outstanding contribution made by volunteers at a recognised Bushcare site.


  • 1st place: Monash Road Bushcare Group
  • 2nd place: Ross Street Bushcare Group
  • 3rd place: Waterloo Park Bushcare Group

Gala Evening

To view photos of the Gala Event at Eden Gardens, visit our Facebook page.

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 12 categories of entry, there is certainly something for everyone. 

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. 


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