15 Jul 2019

Spring Garden Competition 2019


  • Spring Garden Competition
    Spring Garden Competition

Spruce Up Your Garden for the Spring Garden Competition

It’s time for the City of Parramatta’s residents to start getting their gardens ready for the annual Spring Garden Competition.

The City of Parramatta’s Spring Garden Competition is open to all residents, businesses and organisations living, working, or residing in the City of Parramatta area.

We are offering prizes to the value of $400 for individuals, and $500 for groups. There are eight judging categories as set out below - A category for every garden no matter how big or small!


Desirable Characteristics


Front Garden

Specifically for front gardens


Balcony or Small Space Garden

Category for the small garden spaces which make a difference


Floral or Ornamental Garden

Traditional ornamental residential garden. This is a more general category


Native Garden

Garden which uses primarily native plants


Edible Garden

Garden which demonstrates use of sustainable principles and/or systems primarily to grow food


Community Garden

Open to any group garden, could be local community or organisation, or communal garden


School Garden

Open to any school in the Parramatta LGA with a focus on Primary or High School Gardening Programs


Non-Residential Garden

For a professionally maintained garden, open to hospitals, corporate/commercial, and educational institutions


Submit your entry via the form on this page. Entries close at 5pm, Monday 9 September 2019.

Competition Rules

  1. The competition is open to any person who owns or occupies residential, commercial, industrial or school premises in the City of Parramatta Local Government Area.

  2. Competitors may enter a garden in more than one category, however, a garden can only receive one prize.

  3. Council reserves the right to judge a garden in a different category to the one nominated where appropriate.

  4. Entrants will be notified of the date and time the judging panel will visit their garden (in September 2019).

  5. Prizes will be awarded for overall design and appearance once all eligible entries have been evaluated

  6. Winners will be chosen and all entrants will be invited to attend an awards presentation, with details to be forwarded to entrants by phone or email. The judge’s decision is final. There are no appeals.

  7. Prize cheques will be posted to the winners and winners published on the COP website.

  8. Total prize pool = $3,500 (refer to table above for details).

Judging Criteria

  • Overall design and appearance
  • Choice and quality of plants to give year-round interest, or variety of food
  • Health of plants (free from pests and diseases)
  • Cleanliness and tidiness of the garden
  • Lack of weeds
  • Plants selected for their ecological benefits (e.g. native or bird attracting)
  • Water conservation (including mulching and ground cover)
  • Evidence of environmentally friendly gardening techniques being practiced
  • Social aspects / community engagement (where appropriate to garden category)

Further Information

For more information, please call (02) 9806 8279.

Spring Garden Competition Form 2019

Your details
example: 0298065000
I wish to enter my garden into the following categories
Tick all that apply.