Blooming good idea revived by council
THE late, lamented James Watson wanted to bring it back, but it all got a bit too hard.
A garden competition, that is.
Port Douglas’s renowned gardener (among many other passions of his) was suggesting to the council the revival of a garden competition a few years before he died in 2016.
There used to be one years ago, but for whatever reason it had withered away.
Now, after working on the proposal for a long time, council has announced the Douglas Garden Awards.
“The ‘Let It Grow – Douglas Garden Awards’ is a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to present their gardens and gain recognition for the passion and dedication to gardening and creating beautiful environments throughout the Douglas Shire,” said Mayor Julia Leu.
“We have so many passionate and creative green thumbs here in Douglas, so it is hoped that the awards encourage an even greater feeling of pride in our towns and further improve the beauty and attractiveness of our area, for locals and those considering moving here permanently”.
Categories will include Residential Garden for regular homes, Acreage Garden for large properties, Edible Garden for fresh produce and Sustainable Garden for innovative gardens incorporating sustainable environmental initiatives.
There will also be a Professional Gardener category for resorts, businesses and homes established or maintained by a professional gardener and a category for school or childcare centres.
Entries will officially open on July 1, to ensure gardeners have enough time to prepare their gardens, with judging in mid-September.
Council will seek additional sponsorship of the Awards in the coming months.