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:  Stephen and Irma Lincoln, Moe
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: Cathy Saleta, Churchill
Valley Sweep Pty Ltd $250 voucher

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: Luke and Kate Prust, Traralgon
Dunbar Road Landscape Supplies $250 voucher

Runner Up: Narelle Rust, Yallourn North
Momo Traralgon $100 voucher

Best Large Rural Garden

Gardens entered into this category are on acreage over 2,000 square metres. This can include the whole garden or part of it.

Winner:  Barb and John Butler, Yinnar
Stockdale and Leggo Morwell $250 cheque

Runner Up: Ivan and Marlene Walker, Hazelwood North
Latrobe City $100 voucher

Best Large Urban Garden

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

Winner: Stephen and Irma Lincoln, Moe
Bensons Timber & Hardware $250 voucher

Runner Up: Michelle Watson, Traralgon
Latrobe City $100 voucher

Best Children's Home Garden

Gardens entered in to this category were submitted by children under 14 years of age, and can be any garden variety.

Encouragement Award:  Amelia Parry, Churchill
Latrobe City $50 voucher

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: Julie Decke, Boolarra
Let’s Grow Food $250 hamper

Runner Up: Lorraine Piechota, Traralgon South
Latrobe City $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:  Glengarry Primary School, Glengarry
TM&H Home Timber and Hardware Moe $250 gift voucher
A&L Van Berkel Wholesale Nursery, potted citrus tree

Runner Up: Newborough Primary School, Newborough
Latrobe City $100 voucher

Encouragement Award: Moe Early Learning Centre, Moe
Latrobe City $50 voucher

Best Rental Garden

Winner: Stuart Poulter, Traralgon
The Property Group $250 voucher

Runner Up: Cathy Saleta, Churchill
A&L Van Berkel Wholesale Nursery, potted citrus tree
Latrobe City $50 voucher

Third Prize: Daniel Roche, Yallourn North
Latrobe City $50 voucher

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:  Anthony McLennan, Traralgon
Morwell Garden Supplier $250 voucher

Runner Up:  Pamela Griffin, Morwell
U3A Latrobe Valley 2019 subscription and voucher $100

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:  Churchill Community Garden, Churchill
Bunnings Warehouse Morwell $250 gift voucher

Runner Up: Yinnar Community Garden, Yinnar
Bunnings Warehouse Morwell $100 gift voucher