Public housing

2015 Public Housing Garden Competition

Public Housing Garden Competition 2014

Held annually, the Public Housing Garden Competition is open to all public housing tenants in urban (town) areas of the Northern Territory. The competition recognises the energy and enthusiasm tenants put into their gardens and rewards their hard work with prizes in a number of categories.

In 2015 the competition was held as two separate events.

See the winners of the 2015 competition.

Top End competition

One entry was awarded the Best Public Housing Garden for 2015 winning a voucher for $250 towards plants and garden equipment.

A $100 voucher was presented to winners in each category, with winners selected from each region; Darwin (including Palmerston), Katherine and Nhulunbuy.


  • Best balcony/small space/pot garden
  • Best native/sustainable/waterwise
  • Best edible garden
  • Best colourful garden
  • Best community garden


Gardens will be judged on:

Presentation and general appearance 
Is the garden, patio or balcony well-presented and maintained in terms of soil quality, health of plants, cleanliness, weed management, lawns and edges, mulch, rubbish? Is there overall attention to detail?

Layout and design 
Is the garden, patio or balcony well planned in terms of layout structure, design, paths, man-made and natural features? Does it have ambience and atmosphere? Is it well-balanced/aesthetically pleasing? Suitability to the space/area it occupies.

Does the garden include use of colour, form and composition, variety and repetition, year-round interest and scent? Does it contribute to the visual environment and streetscape?

Environmental consideration 
What initiatives have been introduced? What has been introduced to reduce water use, moisture retention strategies, etc? What plants are used and why were they selected?

  • Natural environment 
    Does the garden encourage wildlife (provide a habitat or food source for local native fauna), use native and local plant species (design, size, variety, repetition), and exclude environmental weeds?
  • Maintenance 
    Can the garden be maintained with a minimal environmental footprint including water and pesticides?
  • Layout and design 
    Is the garden well planned to suit local environmental conditions? Does it use sustainable or locally sourced materials?

Creativity, innovation and passion 
Is the garden creative, innovative or original? Does the garden reflect the Territory’s unique lifestyle? Does it show the effort, enthusiasm and knowledge of the gardener?

Collaboration (Best Community Garden ONLY) 
How well do tenants work together; plan, designate responsibility, manage the upkeep, and share the rewards?

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Central Australian Garden Competition

Public housing tenants in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek were judged in a separate Best Public Housing category as part of the Central Australian Garden Competition, coordinated by 783 ABC Radio Alice Springs.

The Best Public Housing Garden was judged in both locations – Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. Category prizes: $250 voucher for garden products

The Department was also the proud sponsor of the 2015 Garden of the Year. Prize: $400 in water smart garden equipment.

View Public Housing Garden Competition winners here:

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