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Camden garden comp winner still chuffed a year later

“I still get a big grin when I think back to the moment I found out.”

Elderslie resident Brett Gibson, who took out the new garden category in last year’s Camden Council’s annual garden competition, is still chuffed with his win almost 12 months later.

Mr Gibson, who was also named runner-up in the small residential category, says he didn’t expect to win anything when he entered the competition.

“But when I did, I felt so proud,’’ he says.

“I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed going through all my plants with the judges and the feedback they gave me was really helpful.

“I received a trophy, framed certificate and a voucher for my win, and another framed certificate and voucher for second place,” Mr Gibson said.

 “I would highly recommend people give it a go.’’

Brett Gibson’s winning garden in last year’s competition.

Well, the time has come around again for proud gardeners and passionate green thumbs to show Camden what they’ve got by entering the 2019 garden competition.

Whether you’re an amateur who loves to potter or a seasoned garden expert, you can enter your yard, plot or patio in one of 11 categories, from most creative garden to best floral display.

This year’s competition will be judged by acclaimed florist Cecily Rogers, who will be critiquing entries on the following criteria:

  • Overall garden layout, which includes the design and placement of garden features, practicality and aesthetics;
  • Plant selection, which includes the variety, features, quality, suitability, covering and screenings of the plants;
  • Hard landscaping, which looks at materials used around garden, paths and definition edging and constructed features; and
  • Maintenance, which includes soil, mulching, pruning, plant shaping and health.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said only residents of the Camden local government area were eligible to enter.

“It’s a really fun competition that highlights some really talented residents,” Cr Fedeli said.

Entries are now open and will close on September 30. 

For more information about the competition and categories, or to enter your garden, visit and search ‘Garden Competition’.

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