2013 Garden Competition winners announced

Vincent hosted its 19th annual Garden Competition Awards last night presenting the winners with a range of great prizes and awards, including the coveted ‘Best Residential Front Garden’ and ‘Mayor’s Encouragement Award’.

For our avid gardeners, this very successful event continues to be one of the highlights in Vincent’s calendar year. Categories included:

  • Mayor’s Encouragement Award (Prize: quality secateurs)
  • Best Residential Front Garden
  • Best Residential Rear Garden
  • Best Kept Verge
  • Catchment Friendly Garden (in keeping with sustainable principles)
  • Best Courtyard or Balcony Garden
  • Best Vegetable or “Food” Garden

In keeping with the City’s commitment to environmental sustainability all gardens were judged against water wise criteria such as native plants, effective use of mulch, water saving measures and demonstrated controlled use of fertilisers and pesticides. 

Vincent Mayor John Carey hosted the awards, saying “This year we this year we had a record number of category entries - 128 in total - and the judges have said that the quality of the gardens entered was very impressive.

“Gardening doesn’t just provide great health and social benefits to individual households – it cools and shades our streets, creates more green spaces in our community and brings people together. The competition recognises the vast number of people who are making these positive changes happen in Vincent – and creating fantastic gardens!”

Preliminary judging for this year’s competition was undertaken by the City’s passionate parks team and the Claise Brook Catchment Group members in late September. Shortly after, the final judging was carried out by Vincent Councillors Matt Buckels, Roslyn Harley and John Pintabona; Adele Gismondi from the Water Corporation; our community judge (last year’s winner of the Best Kept Verge) Verity James; plus the City’s parks team. 

Full a full list of 2013 winners plus a photo of their gardens, please click here. 

A Green Thumb suggestion box was implemented at last year’s awards night and as a result, this year we awarded permanent plaques for all category winners (second and third receive certificates) as a ‘badge of honour’ that their garden can wear with pride. 

The ‘big ticket item’ is always the Best Residential Front Garden – this year it was taken out by Tamara Fehlberg of 101 Anzac Road, Mt Hawthorn. Tamara won her garden as it was big on water wise features and displayed gorgeous colour and vibrancy via a diversity of plant species. 

The Mayor’s Encouragement Award went to Tony and Mary Lyons of 28 Paddington Street in North Perth. Their garden was entered by friends and our judges were very impressed with the ‘hard’ landscaping design and foresight into planting spaces which have great potential to be stunning in the years ahead. Well done! 

Once again local businesses and various contractors used by the City of Vincent have assisted with sponsorship. Congratulations to all the door prize winners and a big thank you to all the sponsors who provided either a cash contribution or products:

  • Water Corporation
  • North Perth community (Bendigo) Bank
  • Turfmaster Facility Management
  • Dickies Tree Services
  • Beaver Tree Services
  • Forestvale Trees
  • K.S. Black pumps WA
  • Boyan Electrical Services
  • Ellenby Tree Farm
  • Walshy All-Round Tradesman
  • North Perth Painting Service
  • P.F. Donegan enterprises
  • Oasis Plumbing
  • Exclusive Trophies
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Thanks again to all our entrants!