2018 Camden Garden Competition applications open

Attention green thumbs – now is the time to enter this year’s Camden Garden Competition.

Camden Council has opened applications to all gardening enthusiasts to enter their veggie plot, patio space or yard in the competiton.

Councillor Lara Symkowiak said Camden gardens of all shapes and sizes could attract the judges’ attention.

“We want to reward people for creating productive and picturesque green spaces in whatever outdoor space they have available to them,” she said.

“It is inspiring to see the innovative ways people incorporate plants to make interesting and appealing open-air living areas and to produce food for themselves and others.”

2017 winner Linda Jane moved to Spring Farm five years ago and started her garden from scratch.

Ms Jane said she did not expect to win.

“I saw all of these beautiful acreages and elaborate gardens and I thought I didn’t even have a chance,” she said.

“My kids are always saying how beautiful the garden is and I promised my dad that I would enter so I put in the form the day before the entries closed.”

Residents can enter in any of these categories:

• Senior Citizen Garden – Open to anyone 60 years or over.

• Small Residential – For small private residential gardens.

• Large Residential – For large private residential gardens.

• Veggie Garden/Plot – For residents who have an edible garden or plot of fruit, vegetables and/or herbs.

• Best Floral Display - A showcase of diverse, colourful flowers and vibrancy.

• School/Class Plot – Local pre-school, primary and high school’s gardens or plot maintained by students.

• Professional Garden - For gardens that are professionally maintained.

• Most Creative Garden - Residential garden displaying creative use of plants with consideration for colour, shapes, textures, materials and garden features.

• New Garden – Residential garden that was established within the last three years.

• Most Sustainable Garden - Residential garden demonstrating sustainability principles such as water saving, reuse of materials, natural pest control, herb and vegetable growing.

The grand champion will win up to $300 and a hamper filled with Amgrow garden products.

The winners of each category will be awarded up to $200.

Entries close on October 8 and judging will take place from October 15 to 17 by a professional gardening company.

Nominees will be invited to a special awards presentation on October 25 at council’s administration building.

Information and nomination forms are available at Camden Council’s website.