Garden Competition

Annually, North Sydney Council runs a garden competition, entries open in August and close early September.

It's a celebration of the wonderful work of gardeners (have a look at some previous winners here).


In 2020, the Garden Competition went... virtual.

2020 brought dramatic changes, but one thing that didn’t change was the ability of gardens and gardening to provide us with respite from the daily stresses of modern life.

Although the format of the competition changed to online to ensure a COVID19-safe event, the potential for the green-thumbs of North Sydney to share their creations was still real!


Garden Competition 2020 Winners

View the Awards night with Costa Georgiadis & Mayor Jilly Gibson

Download the winning gardens photo gallery 2020 (19MB)



We tweaked the 2020 categories to provide more opportunities for people to participate.

  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. Note: all plants must be ‘real living plants’. Artificial plants will not be accepted.
  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.

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