Winners of the 2018 Hawkesbury Garden Competition

Winners of the 2018 Hawkesbury Garden Competition were announced at the presentation evening held at Windsor RSL on Wednesday, 17 October.

The 40 entrants included individuals, organisations and schools. All entries were divided into three regions: North, South and West and an overall best garden for each region was determined by the independent judge, Cameron Graves.

Ebenezer Public School won Best School Garden - managed by staff, Kathryn Wheeler won Best Regional Garden - North; Mary and Michael Want won Best Regional Garden - West; and Bruce Skeen won Best Regional Garden - South.

Hawkesbury Self Storage took out first, second and third in the Best Non-Residential Garden category, with three different locations in the Hawkesbury.

The top honour of the night was the title of Grand Champion Garden which was awarded to the best overall garden in the Hawkesbury. This prestigious title was won by Bruce Skeen who received a perpetual trophy that is engraved with all Grand Champion winners from the past, as well as many other prizes.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert praised all entrants and winners on their gardens.

“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 Mayor said.

“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,” Councillor Calvert said.

Greg Bourke, Curator of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah, gave a presentation 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.

“Congratulations to everyone, especially to Bruce Skeen on winning Grand Champion Garden,” the Mayor added.

“Our judge, Cameron Graves, said Bruce’s garden had a mass of colour and was very well designed, featuring an excellent plant selection.

“Council would like to thank all members of the Hawkesbury Camera Club for photographing every garden and Cameron Graves for judging the gardens. Both Mr Graves and I hope everyone keeps up their wonderful gardening that adds so much to our beautiful Hawkesbury environment,” the Mayor said.

“Thank you also to our sponsor Windsor RSL for providing the venue for our presentation and the many other local businesses who supported this year’s competition.”

Category

Place

Name

Suburb

Acreage

First

Mary and Michael Want

Grose Vale

Second

Margaret Fedel

Kurrajong Heights

   

Kids

First

Fit Kidz Learning Centre

Vineyard

Second

Katie Simmonds

Richmond

Third and Highly Commended

MacDonald Valley Public School

Central Macdonald

   

Non-Residential

First

Hawkesbury Self Storage

South Windsor

Second

Hawkesbury Self Storage

South Windsor

Third

Hawkesbury Self Storage

North Richmond

   

Residential

First

Paul Evans

Windsor

Second

Phil Pearce

Hobartville

Third

Michael Edwards

Pitt Town

Highly Commended

Commended

Myree Beardsnore

Alison Barclay

Richmond

Richmond

   

School - managed by students

First

Glossodia Public School

Glossodia

Second and Highly Commended

Grose View Public School

Grose Wold

Third and Commended

Kurrajong North Public School

Kurrajong Hills

   
   

School – managed by staff

First

Ebenezer Public School

Ebenezer

Second

Arndell Anglican College

Oakville

Third

Maraylya Public School

Maraylya

   

Seniors

First

Bruce Skeen

Vineyard

Second

Daphney MacGregor

North Richmond

Third

Lesley Hulbert

Kurrajong Heights

Highly Commended

Jenni Stocks

Richmond

Commended

Elizabeth Teo

Windsor

Commended

Kay Jackson

Glossodia

   

Small

First

Kathryn Wheeler

Windsor

Second

David and Helen Reid

Richmond

   

Regional

North

Kathryn Wheeler

Windsor

South

Bruce Skeen

Vineyard

West

Mary and Michael Want

Grose Vale

   

Grand Champion

 

Bruce Skeen

Vineyard

   

2018 Hawkesbury Garden Competition Sponsors

Active Merchandise

Amgrow

Bendigo Bank - Nth Richmond

Blooms the Chemist
Riverview Shopping Centre

Bunnings - McGraths Hill

Commonwealth Bank - Windsor

Dan Murphy’s

89 Thai Restaurant

Harvey Norman Photo Centre - McGraths Hills

Hawkesbury Community Nursery

Hawkesbury City Council

Macquarie Towns Garden Club

Mr Fothergills

Officeworks - Mulgrave

Parklea Pots & Plants

Richmond Club

Rum Corps Barracks Golf Course

Sciberras Fresh - Freemans Reach

Seasol International Pty. Limited

Tizzana Winery

Ugly Mug Coffee House -Richmond

Windsor RSL-Venue Hire

Yates

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