25 October 2018

Mayoral Column

The winners of the 2018 Hawkesbury Garden Competition were announced at our special presentation night held at Windsor RSL recently. Thank you to Windsor RSL for sponsoring the venue on the night and to all of the sponsors who supported the event and provided many prizes. Councillor Peter Reynolds attended the evening and he was amazed by the variety of entries featured in the Hawkesbury Camera Club’s slideshow presentation.

The 40 entrants included individuals, organisations and schools. Climate conditions always play their part in our landscape and unfortunately, the drought had an impact on all of our gardeners this year. Bilpin Public School had to withdraw from the competition as a result. Our sponsors kindly provided some gardening supplies to keep their spirits up.

Well done to our winners including Kathryn Wheeler - Winner - Regional Garden - North;

Mary and Michael Want - Winner - Best Regional Garden - West; and Bruce Skeen: Winner - Best Regional Garden - South. Bruce also won Grand Champion Garden 2018. For the full list of winners including best acreage, best residential, best school and best seniors, highly commended, first second and third prizes, visit www.hawkesbury,nsw.gov.au

Greg Bourke, Curator of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah, gave a wonderful talk about finding new plants in Western Australia, including some newly discovered species, which had the local gardeners green with envy. His photos were a magnificent display of colour and beauty. I would also like to thank to our independent judge, Cameron Graves. Both Mr Graves and I hope everyone keeps up their wonderful gardening that adds so much to our beautiful Hawkesbury environment.

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