Garden Competition Award Winners


Mayor’s Award

Awarded to the garden which achieves the highest overall points as allocated by the judging panel.  This award wins a trophy together with a prize from the major sponsor.

Winner: Athol and Denise Brand, Hazelwood North
Grow Master Traralgon $1000 voucher plus hamper

Mayor’s Encouragement Award

Awarded to a garden where there is obvious enthusiasm, eagerness to learn new techniques and gardening strategies and clear improvements to the previous landscape. This award wins a trophy together with a sponsors prize.

Winner: John and Lorraine Totton, Moe
$750 voucher for materials and labour from JR's Treemendous Landscapes

Sustainability Award

This award was presented to the garden judged as being most sustainable, incorporating the following: maintenance with a minimal environmental footprint, use of locally-sourced or recycled materials, demonstrated low-level water requirements through plant choice, mulching and collection of rainwater, growing and/or propagating own plants and produce, composting and exhibiting overall good environmental practices. This award wins a trophy together with a prize from the major sponsor.

Winner: Yinnar Community Garden
$250 voucher sponsored by S&S Equipment Hire

Best Small Garden

Gardens entered into this category were considered to cover an area less than 1200 square metres. This included, but is not limited to, pot gardens, balconies, and terraces.

Winner: Erika Grant, Moe
Once you enter it feels like an oasis where you could spend days enjoying the garden.
Dunbar Road Landscape Supplies $250 voucher

Runner-up: Karen Galea, Morwell
Lovely colourful, tidy, neat small garden.
$100 gift voucher from Gippsland Mowers & Chainsaws

Best Large Garden

Gardens entered into this category were considered to cover an area greater than 1200 square metres. This included the whole garden or a part of it.

Winner: Athol and Denise Brand, Hazelwood North
Impressive design and layout with loads of interest and colour throughout the garden.
Drop and Leave 10m truckload of mulch

Runner-up: Alan Eagle and Yoka Beumer, Jeeralang Junction
Such a quirky and artistic adventure into gardening.
$100 voucher from Gippsland Mowers & Chainsaws

Best Edible Garden

Entries in this category may be vegetable, fruit, culinary herb, ‘bush tucker’, permaculture or a combination of these elements. Gardens can be any size.

Winner: Irma Lincoln, Moe
The vegies and fruit trees were all so lush and healthy.
Bensons Hardware $250 voucher

Runner-up: Don Difabrizio, Churchill
You can see Don loves working, being in his garden and the joy it brings his family with the produce he grows.
Latrobe City Council $100 voucher

Best School Garden

For this category, ‘school’ is defined as any educational institution including preschools, primary schools, secondary colleges, special schools, TAFEs and higher education sites. Entries in this category must have demonstrated that the garden had predominantly resulted from the work of the students, with a connection between the garden and knowledge gained in the classroom an advantage.  The garden can be of any variety.

Winner: Toongabbie Primary School
What a fantastic school this is, teaching students how to work outside, run a business, give back to the community and they love doing it.
TM&H Home Timber and Hardware Moe $250 gift voucher

Runner-up: Grey Street Primary School, Traralgon
Fab school garden. Love the enthusiasm and food cooking with a bit of maths!
The Property Group $150 voucher

Third place: St Kieran's Primary School, Moe
Great involvement of students to grow vegetables for the CARE program and the great education information throughout the garden.
The Property Group $100 voucher

Best Rental Garden

Encouragement Award: Stuart Poulter, Traralgon
There's no financial gain for renters to keep a nice garden, it is done from the heart.
Potted citrus tree donated by A&L Van Berkel Wholesale Nursery

Best Senior’s Garden (over 65 years)

This category is open to residents aged over 65 years where the entrant has personally established and maintained their own garden.  This included private homes, retirement villages and nursing homes; pot gardens will be considered.

Winner: Maurie and Jan Dyer, Morwell
Clever use of features and pruning styles to increase the sense of spaces and feel.
Ryan's Garden Supplier $250 voucher

Runner-up: Heather Enders, Jeeralang Junction
A peaceful and relaxing garden with lots of inviting elements.
U3A Latrobe Valley 2018 membership and $50 Latrobe City gift voucher

Runner-up: Brien and Carol Flint, Morwell
Very impressed with the owners' passion and effort to make their garden sustainable.
U3A Latrobe Valley 2018 membership and $50 Latrobe City gift voucher

Best Native/Habitat Garden

Entries in this category must consist have of a significant proportion of Australian Native plants, and should provide habitats and food sources to encourage native fauna.  Exclusion of environmental weeds will also be taken into consideration.

Winner: Steve and Trish de Clifford, Hazelwood North
This garden showed years of dedication of best practice to give an outstanding result.
Glengarry Plant Farm $200 voucher

Runner-up: Glengarry Primary School
The kids have a plan to help and provide shelter for wildlife. They are on a mission.
Latrobe City $100 voucher

Best Community Garden/Reserve

Entries for this category must have a high level of contribution and collaboration from community volunteers working together to plan and manage the garden. Entrants should demonstrate knowledge of the area with plans to improve and enhance the space for the public. Practices of community engagement and participation are highly valued in this category. Entries where maintenance of the garden/park is assisted by Latrobe City Council are still eligible for consideration but will be weighed against other entries.

Winner: Yinnar Community Garden
Great visual appeal with interest throughout. Great input from community to develop a wonderful education space that produces health products.
Bunnings Warehouse Morwell $250 gift voucher

Runner-up: Mathison Park, Churchill
What a lovely place to ride, walk and take dogs and enjoy the large open space.
Bunnings Warehouse Morwell $100 voucher