Ryde Spring Garden Competition entry deadline fast approaching

Ryde residents with a green thumb who are gifted in the garden have until the end of the week to enter this year’s Ryde Spring Garden Competition.

Entries for the competition opened 1 July, with local residents, families, businesses, community and cultural groups are all encouraged to apply and put their gardening creations in the spotlight.

City of Ryde has been running the annual event for more than 30 years and remains one of only a handful of councils to run a garden competition, each year receiving an exciting and diverse range of entries across 12 categories catering from toddlers, all the way to grandmas.

“This long-standing community event showcases the creativity of our residents,” City of Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said.

“And I am proud to be involved in rewarding those who are enhancing our green space and encouraging native flora and fauna to flourish.

“I am always blown away by the beautiful entries for our Spring Garden Competition and can’t wait to see what comes out of this year’s contest.”

Mayor Laxale said anyone with an interest in gardening should get onboard this year by Friday’s deadline and for “young green thumbs” to also get involves.
It may be a little late for younger aspiring gardeners to enter the ‘Children’s Seed Growing’ category, for which organisers recommended entries to be made before 31 July 2018 to allow for maximum seed growing time.

For the 2018 event, City of Ryde is anticipating creative and well-tended garden entries from a wide variety of city landscapes including traditional back gardens, courtyards, balconies, river-frontages, corporate green-spaces, community gardens, school yards and large tracts of natural bushland.

Friday’s close of entries marks the start of a month-long judging process in which entrants will be contacted by a City of Ryde council officer to schedule a time and date for judges, accompanied by council officers, to visit the location of each Spring Garden Competition entry.

For most categories, judging will be based on three main factors: maintenance, design and intent. Some categories may have additional or specific judging criteria – for example, the ‘Community Garden’ category will involve additional criteria relating to community engagement and participation.

All entries must be located in the Ryde local government area. Entry is free, with an online registration process.