Sunday, 1 June 2014

President's Message - June 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Coffs Harbour Spring Garden Competition, which is organised by our club as a major community event on the Coffs Harbour calendar.

The main objectives for the Competition are:

  • To showcase our city as a “garden city by the sea”.
  • To encourage gardeners (including our club members) to play their part in beautifying our city.
  • To show that local people care for their environment and are “waterwise”.
  • To help promote sound horticultural practices.
I believe we can be justly proud of the wonderful efforts put in over many years by many of our club members to grow this event into one of the largest regional garden competitions in NSW.

Last year we had over 100 entries in categories ranging from home gardens to schools, retirement homes, commercial businesses and resorts.  This year we are introducing a category for professional landscapers, which we hope will give them an opportunity to showcase their excellent work too.  This new category has been generously supported by Biomass Solutions who have been great sponsors of the Residential categories over the years.

It’s exciting that the Schools Challenge is back again, this time with the theme “Bouncing Baby Beets”. 

This year we are also hoping to encourage new entrants in the Residential section by offering them the chance to win a compost bin, which had been kindly donated by Club members, Gaye and Bob Tarry.

We are extremely fortunate to have the on-going support of Coffs Harbour City Council, the Coffs Coast Advocate, Coffs Harbour Regional Airport and Total Gardens as our Platinum Sponsors.  They are supported by many other local businesses and individuals who provide the cash and in-kind support we need to run the competition.  You’ll see the names of all these wonderful sponsors on the entry form and, of course, on our club website.  Please
support them wherever possible.

Finally, I would encourage everyone in the club to enter the competition.  There are plenty of categories to choose from so you don’t have to enter your whole garden if you don’t want to.  Our members have done very well in the past and I’m sure 2014 will be no exception.  So now is the time to begin getting your gardens ready to have a go at wining in this important 25th
anniversary year.                                   

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