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Spring Garden Awards Winners

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Kellyville Public School won the Environment Awareness Award in the recent Sydney Hills Garden Awards run as part of the Orange Blossom Festival last month.

Staff and students were congratulated for their well-maintained school garden by Ray Williams MP.

The 2022 Champion of Champions Award was won by Dale and Chris Brown (pictured in their garden) for their beautifully maintained gardens surrounding their historic home in Castle Hill. They received their award from Hills Shire Deputy Mayor, Mark Hodges.

Hills Garden Competition Spring Garden Awards Winners

The George Eric Mobbs Award for Excellence in Gardening was won by Jim Anderson.

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition has a big community history. It was the brainchild of Councilor Eric Mobbs and was first run in 1959 and became the forerunner of the Orange Blossom Festival.

A record number of entries were received for the numerous categories. The Garden Competition is run each year by The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville and has a variety of categories for gardeners from small Town Houses to residential gardens, to gardens of industrial, commercial and retirement complexes. The garden competition is open to gardens located in the Hills Shire and adjoining parts of surrounding suburbs.

The last few years have seen a record number of entries with several first time entrants this year including the Champion of Champions winners.

Denis And Jennie Fleming S Garden Kellyville1 Spring Garden Awards Winners

Gardens were judged in their spring glory from mid-September by professional and experienced horticulturists and gardening experts Lucia Fowler and Peter Whitehead.

Peter thanked the club for the opportunity to be a judge at the Sydney Hills Garden Competition. “ I thoroughly enjoyed the experience – met some wonderfully passionate people and saw some amazing gardens,” he said.

The Awards ceremony honouring prize-winning gardeners was held at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill on September 23rd.

Special guests at the event included David Elliott MP, Ray Williams MP and Hills Shire Deputy Mayor Mark Hodges.

Champion of Champions Garden:
Dale and Chris Brown who also won the small residential garden (owner maintained category) and Senior Citizen’s garden.

Environmental Awareness Award: Kellyville Public School.

The George Eric Mobbs Award for Excellence in Gardening: Jim Anderson who also won large residential garden (owner maintained).

Residential garden (owner maintained) Brian Graf.

New Garden: Joint winners Gail and Bob White and Jan Callagher who were also joint winners of the Senior Citizen’s Garden in a retirement complex.

Townhouse, Villa or Courtyard Garden: Kaye and Bob Smith who also won the senior section.

Senior Citizen’s Front Garden: Denis and Jennie Fleming from Kellyville who also won the speciality garden award (pictured).

Strata or Community Title Property Gardens was won by Macarthur Ridge.

Good Neighbour Gardens was won by Living Choice.

Communal Garden: Aminya Village, Baulkham Hills.

Institution Garden: Living Choice Glenhaven

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Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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