Garden Competition

The 2021 North Sydney Garden Competition is open to all residents, business owners or organisations living or working within the North Sydney local government area.

It is an opportunity to showcase your gardens and connect with other enthusiastic green thumbs. There is a division for just about every kind of green space from balconies and indoor gardens through to vegetable plots and community gardens and entry in multiple divisions is welcomed.

Enter your garden here

Entries will close 30 August. Garden judging time slots will be available between 8.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays from Monday 6 to Friday 17 September.

Entrants will be notified regarding the format of judging and awards presentation ceremony as it will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Late entries may be accepted by phone if there are available judging time-slots. Only one judging time-slot is required per property, regardless of how many categories are entered. Choose your first category and all other categories can be added when the judge gets to your site.

The winners will be announced by Costa Georgiadis at an awards presentation event at North Sydney Oval on Tuesday 12 October 2021.



  1. Balcony Small spaces that have had their garden potential maximised through pots and planter boxes.
  2. Courtyard Walled gardens which may include pots, planter boxes and ornaments. Areas where gardeners are often challenged by limited space and lots of hard surfaces.
  3. Indoor garden From a small collection of pots in the corner to a full scale atrium. Get creative with your indoor plants and show the judge your most spectacular room.
  4. Front garden Visible from the street, this division is for those gardeners that allow the wider community to also enjoy their creation.
  5. Back garden The private haven: Bigger than a courtyard. This division is for those with a traditional backyard maybe even with room for trees, pools, patios and pergolas.
  6. Shared Garden A division especially for apartment blocks or communal style housing where the gardens are shared and enjoyed by many. Could be at ground level or maybe on the rooftop.
  7. Children’s Garden Created or cared for by a child or group of children. Childcare centres, schools or just a family backyard with a gardening space dedicated to the kids.
  8. Native Habitat Garden Demonstrating environmental awareness and creating wildlife habitats with lots of native plants and other habitat features such as hollows, frog ponds and dense undergrowth.
  9. Edible Garden - Private Any garden that focusses on producing food: from small balconies with potted herbs to full size vegetable plots and orchards. Show the judge what your household is producing.
  10. Edible Garden - Community Community working together to produce food for sharing. Can be on public land or privately owned land but must demonstrate group effort and reward.
  11. Lex and Ruby Graham Prize - Individual For an individual that is maintaining or beautifying public land.
  12. Lex and Ruby Graham Prize - Group For public areas that are being maintained or beautified by groups of residents.


2020 Garden Competition Winners

View the Awards night with Costa Georgiadis & Mayor Jilly Gibson

Download the winning gardens photo gallery 2020 (19MB)


2019 Garden Competition Winners

Hosted by Costa Georgiadis

Photo Gallery of all Gardens 2019

Winners presentation 2019 (23MB)


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