Great gar­den­ers


Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - The Great Outdoors -

The Syd­ney Hills Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion is on again in 2018. Steeped in his­tory and in­tri­cately linked to the Hills Shire, the first com­pe­ti­tion ran in 1959 as the brain child of Coun­cil­lor Eric Mobbs. It be­came the forerunner of the Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val, so has a sig­nif­i­cant place in the cul­tural his­tory of “The Gar­den Shire”.

Hills res­i­dents, busi­nesses, schools and in­sti­tu­tions are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter their gar­dens and start plan­ning now for spring judg­ing dur­ing the Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber.

Gar­dens are judged by pro­fes­sional and ex­pe­ri­enced hor­ti­cul­tur­ists and land­scap­ers. In the past judges have in­cluded lo­cal gar­den­ing gu­rus Judy Hor­ton and Ross Miller along with Hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Ju­dith Slei­jpen. “The Gar­den Shire is and has al­ways been about na­ture, gar­dens, or­chards and bush­land. Even with drought & frost con­di­tions The Syd­ney Hills Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion is about cel­e­brat­ing the great gar­dens that con­trib­ute to our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. The cul­mi­na­tion of that cel­e­bra­tion are awards where the best gar­dens across many cat­e­gories are hon­ored as part of the Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val. The beauty we see as a re­sult of green thumbs across the Hills district is stag­ger­ing” says Ross Miller.

The Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion is run each year by The Ro­tary Club of the Hill­sKel­lyville and has cat­e­gories for all types of gar­dens and gar­den­ers. Cat­e­gories

in­clude gar­dens of small Town Houses to res­i­den­tial gar­dens, to gar­dens as­so­ci­ated with in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and re­tire­ment com­plexes and schools.

An Awards Night will be held on Fri­day 21st

Septem­ber where award win­ning gar­dens and their gar­den­ers will be hon­ored and re­ceive prizes. For more in­for­ma­tion about en­ter­ing your gar­den or spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties visit www.

hill­sro­ or con­tact Keith Sta­p­ley on 0412 079 014.

The Syd­ney Hills Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion is an Or­ange Blos­som Fes­ti­val Event.

The proud Cas­tle Hill gar­den of Mrs. Carol Baker

Kel­lyville Pri­mary School stu­dents Deenah Khub­bar and Olivia File­man show­ing their gar­den to the judges

2017 ‘Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons’ win­ner Mrs. Elsie He­hir pre­sented with her award by Ray Wil­liams M.P.

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