2021 Winners

2021 Spring Garden Comp logo

Watch the video below to see the winners being announced.

Best Large Garden

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

  • 1st place: Kathy Schofield
  • 2nd place: Lesley and Peter Bertelle
  • 3rd place: Phillip Shaw

Best Small Garden

Small private residential gardens – Small front yard, back yard or courtyard. Use of pots, planter boxes, ornaments or wall gardens are encouraged.

  • 1st place: Sue Kennedy
  • 2nd place: Rae Roy
  • 3rd place: Giang Vu

Best Courtyard/Balcony Garden

  • 1st place: Sue Kennedy
  • 2nd place: Catherine Seddon

Best Edible Garden

Vegetable gardens, fruit gardens, permaculture gardens etc.

  • 1st place: Alexander Djerdjev
  • 2nd place: Erica Goldfinch
  • 3rd place: Weng Sehu
  • Highly Commended: Gerard Langtry

Best Native Habitat Garden

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

  • 1st place: Pamela Reeves
  • 2nd place: Erica Goldfinch

Best Local School Garden

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

  • 1st place: North Ryde Community Preschool
  • 2nd place: St. Charles Primary School
  • 3rd place: Our Lady of Peace - Dominca Boydell
  • Highly Commended: Good Start Early Learning West Ryde - Susan Beljevic

Best Commercial Garden

Garden projects including local community/community organisations or local businesses/commercial organisations.

  • 1st place: Baptist Care Shalom Centre
  • 2nd place: Squireville Complex - Matthew Thompson

Best Bushcare Site

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

  • 1st place: Phillip and Pamela - Cemetery Creek 2 Bushcare Site
  • 2nd place: Pamela Reeves - Roving Bush Care Group
  • 3rd place: Phillip Ward - Field of Mars Warada Track Bushcare Site
  • Highly Commended: Suzanne Leslie - Mars Creek Bushcare - Friends of Lane Cove National Park

Community Garden

  • 1st place: The Habitat 

About the 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.

Past entries

Click here to get 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. 


Watch the video below to find out from the 2018 winners of the Best Small Garden category what they love about gardening and why you should enter the next Spring Garden Competition.