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Spring Garden Competition

The Spring Garden Competition 2016

Mayors Gardening Competition - gumboots

The City of Charles Sturt is proud to present the Spring Garden Competition 2016.

It’s that time of year again, where we celebrate our City’s avid and enthusiastic gardeners and the City is buzzing with excitement!

It is wonderful to see the passion that people in our community have in establishing and caring for their beautiful gardens.

Creative and well-tended garden entries are expected from a wide variety of city landscapes including traditional back gardens, courtyards, balconies, river-frontages, corporate green-spaces, community gardens and school yards.

The children’s Colouring Competition was so popular last year, we have decided to continue in 2016.  This year, the theme is 'BEES', Please click on the link below to download the drawing, specifically designed with Bees in mind.   The colouring competition is open for two age group categories, (2-5 yrs & 6-10 yrs). Two amazing prizes to be won! A copy of the image to be coloured can be downloaded here:

Bees Colouring Competition 2016

The “Best Street” category is on again this year, so rustle up your neighbours, have a street working bee, tidy up your street and nominate for this category

This is an inclusive event and we strongly encourage entries from young aspiring green thumbs (children) to older green thumbs, individual gardeners, families, community groups, different cultural groups, commercial organisations and small businesses. With nine categories, there is certainly something for everyone.

Please read the Terms and Conditions outlined below then fill out the form and submit no later than Tuesday 6 September 2016. 

The form is no longer active.

Thank you for your entry into the Spring Garden Competition 2016!

Happy gardening!

Terms and conditions:

All gardens must be located within the City of Charles Sturt

  1. Final judging will be carried out by a panel of judges who have been appointed by the City of Charles Sturt
  2. All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the judges, whose decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. All participants are automatically in the running for the ‘Mayor’s Encouragement Award’ category. The winner of this category cannot win this prize in two consecutive years.
  4. Entrants agree to allow their gardens to be photographed by a nominated person from the City of Charles Sturt. Photographs may be reproduced in the City of Charles Sturt promotional material to be used by Council at its discretion.
  5. The judging criteria for each category will be:
    I. Overall design
    II. Use of Plants
    III. Originality and Creativity
    IV. Environmental Initiatives
  6. Mail entries to:
    Spring Garden Competition 2016
    The City of Charles Sturt
    PO BOX 1
  7. Council staff and their immediate families are not eligible to enter this competition.
  8. Judging and dates to know as follows: 
    Final Judging with Council photographs:
    1. Week 19-25 September 2016
    2. Week 4-7 October 2016
  9. Presentation Night of Awards Tuesday 8 November 2016
  10. Entrants no longer need to submit a photograph, a Council representative will take a photo of the garden.
  11. Entries close on Tuesday 6 September 2016
  12. Entry to the 2016 Spring Garden Competition is free.
  13. Personal information collected from you is held and used by Council under the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998

More Information

For further enquiries call Alison Burns on 8408 1306 or email

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