Garden competition announces new categories

Posted on 27 August 2018

 

Latrobe City Council’s annual garden competition will open on 1 September, ready for spring!  There are two new categories – best children’s home garden and best large garden (rural). Grow Master Traralgon returns as major sponsor.
Latrobe City’s mayor, Councillor Darrell White OAM, said the competition was entering its third year and had bloomed into a true celebration of community pride.
“Each year, there has been strong community support and we are hoping to see many more residents join this year’s event.
“We hope our new children’s home garden category will encourage all those learning and developing their love for gardening and growing real food from scratch. We are looking for children who are eager to share their healthy vegetable plots or colourful home gardens. Gardens are a great source of expression and we’re excited to see some really creative entries.”
“We’ve listened to feedback from entrants in 2017 and have divided the large garden category into urban and rural.  Previously it has been difficult for larger town blocks to compete with small acreage,” Cr White said.
“Returning for a second year is best rental garden, to allow those in our community who may not own their home to join in the competition. We have many people in rental homes in Latrobe City and we want them to be part of the garden competition celebration. 

Cr White added that this year there was a particular focus on recognising the role that gardens can play in bringing community members together and the educational opportunities that can be explored with children in the garden.
“Anyone who has ever counted out seed with a child will know the value of gardening for numeracy and literacy.
“Children love nothing more than helping to plant seeds, drawing lines, sowing the rows, watering and writing labels. Every time a child counts seeds, copies text from a packet onto a label, measures water or mixes food for growing plants – we’re enriching minds as well as our gardens.
“There is a category for everyone, whether you’re a child starting your adventure in your garden or an experienced gardener with a small suburban garden or a big rural space - if you have a passion for gardening, we’re eager to hear from you.  Enter and show us how much you love your garden, so that we can celebrate your hard work in making this community a wonderful place to live,” Cr White concluded.
Entries open on 1 September and will close on Sunday 14 October. Judging will begin late October. Winners will be announced at an awards night on 28 November. 
For more information or to enter online visit www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/gardencomp. Alternatively, pick up an entry form, visit a service centre or library or email gardencomp@latrobe.vic.gov.au



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