2014 Garden Competition winners announced!

Vincent hosted its 20th 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 had over 100 quality entries. Gardening brings community together and it beautifies, cools and shades our streets. This competition recognises those locals who share our passion, those who are greening Vincent and creating fantastic gardens!”

Preliminary judging was undertaken by the City's horticultural staff with the Catchment Friendly Garden category judged by a Claise Brook Catchment Group (CBCG) member and the Parks Services Technical Officer. 

Final judging was done by Vincent Deputy Mayor, Ros Harley, Councillors, John Pintabona and Laine McDonald; our Director Technical Services, Manager Parks & Property Services; Adele Gismondi from the Water Corporation, Marlene Stanley (2013 winner – Best Kept Courtyard or Balcony Garden) and Deidre Watts (2012 winner – Best Vegetable or Food Garden). 

This year we awarded permanent plaques for all category winners as a ‘badge of honour’ that their garden can wear with pride. Second and third place winners received special garden mats with 'Vincent garden Competition winner' on them. 

The Mayor’s Encouragement Award went to Andrew Rust of 77 Broome Street in Highgate. Andrew’s rear courtyard is still a work in progress, however it already contains many quirky features and with a few more plants has great potential to be a prize winning space. Well done!

For a list of 2014's first place winners plus a photo of their gardens, please click here.

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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