Garden Competition

The annual North Sydney Garden Competition is on again in 2022!

Avid gardeners and proud green thumbs get to show their horticultural brilliance each year.

There is a division for just about every kind of green space from balconies and indoor gardens through to vegetable plots and community gardens. You can enter your garden in multiple categories.


Judging takes place between 19 and 30 September 2022:


Enter Online

This year all entries need to be completed online. In the online nomination form you will be asked to:

  • nominate a judging date and time from Monday 19 September to Friday 30 September* 2022 (30 minute timeslots from 8.30am to 3.30pm, weekdays)
  • select all categories that you will be entering your garden in (just one visit per garden is needed)
  • brief description of your garden.

Entry is free and open to all residents, business owners or organisations in the LGA. You are welcome to enter more than one category (below) and at the judge's discretion your garden may automatically be judged in categories other than the one entered.


2022 Categories

  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.

The winners will be announced at a presentation evening event in October 2022.

The Awards invitation is sent out separately after judging (tbc, an evening in October).

For information contact Damian Conway on 9936 8100 or


Previous Winners

Download and see the winning gardens of 2021 (70KB)

Download and see the winning gardens photo gallery of 2020 (19MB)

Photo Gallery of all Gardens 2019, and the Winners presentation 2019 (23MB)