The 2015 competition will be held as two separate events.
The 2015 Public Housing Garden Competition is now open to all public housing tenants in the Top End towns of Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Palmerston. The competition recognises the energy and enthusiasm tenants put into their gardens and rewards their hard work with prizes in all categories.
There are a number of ways to enter
Shortlisting will take place the following week. Owners of shortlisted gardens will be notified and onsite judging will begin in early September.
One entry will be awarded the Best Public Housing Garden for 2015. Prizes will also be awarded to winners of the following categories:
Entrants may enter a maximum of two categories.
Best Public Housing Garden
Prize: One $250 voucher.
A winner will be selected for each category.
Prize: A $100 voucher to the winner of each category in Darwin (including Palmerston), Katherine and Nhulunbuy.
A plaque will be awarded to the 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?
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?
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?
Public housing tenants in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek will be judged in a separate category as part of the Central Australian Garden Competition, coordinated by 783 ABC Radio Alice Springs.
The Best Public Housing Garden will be judged in both locations.
Prize: $250 voucher for garden products (x2)
The Department is the proud sponsor of the Garden of the Year.
Prize: $400 in water smart garden equipment.