Garden Competition

Avid gardeners and proud green thumbs show their creative flair each year in the North Sydney Garden Competition.


Enter the North Sydney Garden Competition online

or print and bring/post the paper entry form (244KB)

During online entry you will be asked:

  • nominate a judging time 8.30am-3.30pm, weekdays Monday 9 September to Friday 20 September,
  • which categories (see below) you are entering your garden in,
  • just one visit per garden is needed (quantity 1).

Entry is free and open to all residents, businesses or groups in the North Sydney local government area (285KB). You are welcome to enter more than one category (see below) and your garden may automatically be judged in additional categories (judges discretion). Entries close Monday 2 September.  

Awards Night

Invites are sent out later for the Tues 9 October 2019 (Hutley Hall) awards evening presented by Logie-winning, Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis. Contact is Melissa McManus on 9936 8100 or


2018 Categories & Winners

Hosted by Costa Georgiadis 17 October 2018

Winning Gardens (all) and the Presentation night

Winning Gardens 2018  (44MB)


2017 Winners and Presentation

Hosted by Costa Georgiadis

Winning Gardens 2017 (58MB)

Presentation Gala 2017 (23MB)



Category 1 - Most beautiful balcony
Small spaces that have had their garden potential maximised through pots and planter boxes.

Category 2 - Most beautiful courtyard
Pots, planter boxes, ornaments, walled gardens. Areas where gardeners are often challenged by limited space and lots of hard surfaces.

Category 3 - Most environmentally friendly garden
Demonstrating environmental awareness and creating wildlife habitats. Using recycled materials or using sustainable gardening practices. Show the judge how you are doing your bit for the environment.

Category 4 - Most beautiful commercial garden
Schools, hotels, retirement villages, shops and apartment buildings where more than 50% of the gardening work is carried out by professionals.

 Category 5 - Most beautiful garden

Division 5A – Single Dwelling Garden

Division 5B – Shared or multi-dwelling Gardens where more than 50% of the gardening work is carried out by residents.

Category 6 - The Lex and Ruby Graham Prize

For the most beautiful public area maintained by residents. For outstanding contribution made by volunteers to a public area.

Division 6A – Individual

Division 6B - Group

Category 7 - Best children’s garden

Created or cared for by a child or group of children.

Category 8 - Best Urban Forest Garden

Recognising gardeners that place the focus on trees and canopy cover rather than the ground level. Providing shade, habitat and atmospheric purification for the whole community.

Category 9 - Best Edible Garden

A balcony herb garden through to a full-blown vegetable patch or orchard: any garden that features edible product.

            Division 9A – Private

            Division 9B – Community

Posted on 11 July 2019

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