Grab those secateurs and power up the lawn mower! Entries are about to close for the North Sydney Council Garden Competition 2023.
The annual spring contest which gives local green thumbs a chance to showcase their private outdoor spaces is one of the few remaining Council-run competitions of its kind in Sydney.
Mayor Zoe Baker says there is a category suitable for everyone and encouraged the community to get involved.
Whether you live in a free-standing home or an apartment with a balcony, there is something for everyone this year, with nine categories encouraging participation from all members of North Sydney LGA.
“The competition and gardening itself is effective in bringing a diverse range of North Sydney residents together – from new gardeners on their balconies to experienced gardeners volunteering in our community Streets Alive program,” Mayor Zoe Baker said.
“It is also an opportunity to share your pride and joy and go in the running for some great prizes and awards.”
There are prizes for the best children garden, edible garden and balcony/courtyard garden.
Entries close on August 30 and judging is scheduled from Sep 11-Sep 22.
The categories are:
For small spaces with their garden potential maximised through the use of pots, planter boxes, or walled gardens which may include pots, planter boxes and ornaments. These are areas where gardeners are challenged by limited space and lots of hard surfaces.
From a small collection of pots in the corner to a full-scale atrium, get creative with your indoor plants and show the judge your most spectacular room.
Most Beautiful Garden
From small to large scale gardens, with native habitats or structured formal gardens, we want to see who has the most beautiful garden in North Sydney.
This is for gardens created or cared for by a child or group of children. Think childcare centres, schools or just a family backyard with a gardening space dedicated to the kids.
Native Habitat Garden
Have you been demonstrating environmental awareness and creating wildlife habitats with lots of native plants and other habitat features such as hollows, frog ponds and dense undergrowth? This category is for you.
Edible Garden – Private
For any garden that focuses on producing food. From small balconies with potted herbs to full-size vegetable plots and orchards, show the judge what your household is producing.
Edible Garden – Community
Do you have members of the community working together to produce food for sharing? It doesn’t matter is it’s on public or privately owned land, we want to see you demonstrate group effort and reward.
Lex and Ruby Graham Prize – Individual
For an individual that is maintaining or beautifying public land.
Lex and Ruby Graham Prize – Group
For public areas that are being maintained or beautified by groups of residents.