Orange Blossom Garden Competition winners announced

Mayor Byrne pictured with the Champion of Champions, Paula Daniels and Craig Job of North Kellyville
Mayor Byrne pictured with the Champion of Champions, Paula Daniels and Craig Job of North Kellyville

The winners of this year’s Sydney Hills Garden Competition and Presentation Evening have been officially announced.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the competition, which was held as part of 2018 The Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival, aimed to recognise excellent gardens in the Hills Shire, as well as foster a sense of community pride.

“The calibre of this year’s entries was just outstanding,” Mayor Byrne said.

“We live in an incredible region, with equally spectacular gardens.

“Just driving around The Hills Shire, you will see the hard work and dedication which goes into maintaining some of these outstanding properties.

“Thank you to the judges and the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville for creating a special evening which brings families, friends, hobbyist and keen gardeners together to celebrate the significant and beautiful contributions made by our talented locals.

“What they have done is gratefully appreciated and it’s an honour to publicly recognise each of the winners and finalists on their long-term commitment to the betterment of the region,” Mayor Byrne added.

The Hills Garden Competition was founded in 1959 and has been running in the region for more than 50 years.

*Please see the table below for the names of competition winners 

Award Categories Winners
Category One: Residential Garden          
  • Small residential garden (owner maintained)  – Elsie Hehir
  • Front or back (owner maintained) -Susan Sandercock
Category Two: New Garden
  • Paula Daniel
Category Three: Townhouse, Villa or courtyard garden
  • Ron and Carol Perrau
Category Four: Senior Citizen’s Garden
  • Entire garden: Bob and Dot Butler/ Elsie Hehir (equal first place)
  • Front garden: Ralph Warren
Category Five: Strata or community title property
  • Macarthur Ridge Bella Vista
Category Six: Speciality Garden
  •  Paula Daniel
Category Seven: Industrial, commercial and institutional
  • The Willows Baulkham Hills
  • School gardens (maintained by primary school students) – Kellyville Public School
  • School gardens (maintained by staff) – Kellyville Public School
Category Eight: School Garden
  • Maintained by primary school students – Kellyville Public School
  • Maintained by staff – Kellyville Public School
Special awards
  • Environmental awareness award: Kellyville Public School
  • The George Eric Mobbs award: Ron and Carol Perrau
  • Champions of Champions: Paula Daniel