Green thumbs up for great gardens in Gosford region
THE ever popular annual Garden Competition in the Gosford region has officially opened with local green thumbs making final preparations.
This year signifies the end of an era for the three decade strong event as the format, applicant pool and eligibility criteria will be changing in 2017, following the amalgamation of the former Gosford and Wyong Local Government Areas (LGA)s.
For garden growers, flower fanatics and plant propagators who want the opportunity to be a part of this 30 year tradition, entries for this year's competition are now open with 13 diverse categories to choose from. To be eligible, gardens must be located in the former Gosford City Council LGA.
Judged by a professional gardener, the 2016 Garden Competition will conclude a regional institution that has honoured the work of the area's greatest gardeners and horticulturalists, and has unearthed some of the most talented newcomers to the gardening scene.
This time-honoured tradition offers recognition to all those who have worked tirelessly to contribute to the beautification of the local environment.
So whether you're a school, a nursing home, a residential residence or a retirement village, you will find something to suit your niche and highlight your inner horticulturalist.
Categories for the 2016 Garden Competition are:
Champion Residential Garden;
Best Eco Friendly Garden.
Three awards: Residential; Commercial/Industrial; and Schools(pre/primary/secondary/tertiary)
Best Residential Front Garden
Best Residential Rear Garden
Best Commercial Garden (excludes nursing homes/retirement villages)
Best School Garden
Two awards: Preschools/Primary Schools and Secondary/Tertiary Institutions
Best New/Renovated Residential Garden
Established or renovated within the past three years
Best Theme or Specialty Garden
Three awards: Residential, Commercial and Children's
Best Feature in a Domestic Garden (eg. Bird bath, sculpture or water feature, seating area)
Best Patio/Balcony or Villa Courtyard Display
Best Nursing Home/Retirement Village/Over 50s Village Garden
Two awards: Maintained by Professionals and Maintained by Residents/Volunteers
Best Edible Garden
Two awards: Residential, Community
Best Waterwise Garden
All entries will be considered for this award.
Entries for this year's competition close at 5pm, Monday August 22 2016.
Entry forms are available from Council's Customer Service Centres located at Gosford, Erina and Woy Woy and online atwww.gosford.nsw.gov.au.