Great gardeners – TO BE HONOURED IN ANNUAL AWARDS

The proud Castle Hill garden of Mrs. Carol Baker
The proud Castle Hill garden of Mrs. Carol Baker

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is on again in 2018. Steeped in history and intricately linked to the Hills Shire, the first competition ran in 1959 as the brain child of Councillor Eric Mobbs. It became the forerunner of the Orange Blossom Festival, so has a significant place in the cultural history of “The Garden Shire”.

Hills residents, businesses, schools and institutions are encouraged to register their gardens and start planning now for spring judging during the Orange Blossom Festival in September.

Gardens are judged by professional and experienced horticulturists and landscapers. In the past judges have included local gardening gurus Judy Horton and Ross Miller along with Horticulturalist Judith Sleijpen. “The Garden Shire is and has always been about nature, gardens, orchards and bushland. Even with drought & frost conditions The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is about celebrating the great gardens that contribute to our local environment. The culmination of that celebration are awards where the best gardens across many categories are honored as part of the Orange Blossom Festival. The beauty we see as a result of green thumbs across the Hills district is staggering” says Ross Miller.

The Garden Competition is run each year by The Rotary Club of the Hills- Kellyville and has categories for all types of gardens and gardeners. Categories include gardens of small Town Houses to residential gardens, to gardens associated with industrial, commercial and retirement complexes and schools.

An Awards Night will be held on Friday 21st September where award winning gardens and their gardeners will be honored and receive prizes. For more information about entering your garden or sponsorship opportunities visit www. hillsrotary.org.au or contact Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014.

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is an Orange Blossom Festival Event.