Camden green thumbs urged to enter competition

Camden Council is calling all green thumbs and passionate gardeners to enter this year's garden competition.

Whether you're an amateur or a seasoned professional there are a range of categories you can enter.

Elderslie's Brett Gibson took out the New Garden category last year and was also named runner-up in the Small Residential category.

"I received a trophy, framed certificate and a voucher for my win, and another framed certificate and voucher for second place," Mr Gibson said.

"I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed going through all my plants with the judges and the feedback they gave me was really helpful.

"I would highly recommend people give it a go. I didn't expect to win anything but, when I did, I felt so proud.

"I still get a big grin when I think back to the moment I found out."

Murray and Sue Hamer's sprawling Grasmere garden took out the top award last year.

The couple told the Advertiser at the time that they were both delighted to have won the competition.

Its always good to win, its very rewarding, Ms Hamer said.

It would be good to go out and see other peoples gardens who entered the competition because you never get to see them all.

This year's competition will be judged by acclaimed florist, Cecily Rogers, who will be critiquing entries based on the layout, features, plant selection, landscaping, maintenance and more.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said only residents of the Camden local government area are eligible to enter.

"It's a really fun competition that highlights some really talented residents," she said.

"Entries are now open and will close on Monday, September 30."

Each entry will be judged from Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17.

Winners will be announced on the Camden Council Facebook page a short time after judging is complete.

Categories include:

  • Senior Citizen Garden;
  • Small Residential;
  • Large Residential;
  • Veggie Garden/Plot;
  • Best Floral Display;
  • School/Class Plot;
  • Professionally Maintained Garden;
  • Most Creative Garden;
  • Most Sustainable Garden;
  • Best Lawn; and
  • Commercial Garden

For more information or to enter your garden, visit