Sunday, 1 July 2018

Time for Green Thumbs to Bloom

Winter is a terrific time for green thumbed residents and organisations of the Coffs Council area to make the decision to enter the Coffs Harbour Garden Club's Spring Garden Competition.

The competition is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the many passionate gardeners who have made a difference through gardening to beautify their space, making Coffs more beautiful. If you are proud of all the hard work you've done (and are still doing!) in your garden, the club would welcome your entry. This year marks the 29th year that the competition has been run and there is nothing better than to have an 'end date' to have all tasks completed in your garden.

The Spring Garden Competition is held early September each year conducted by the Coffs Harbour Garden Club (entry is free) and proudly supported by Coffs Council.

The entry form will be available from the launch date of Saturday 28 July 2018. Online entries can be made at or there will be paper entry forms available from local libraries, Total Gardens, Mitre 10 Woolgoolga and by contacting Coffs Garden Club T: 6656 2429.

Is your garden a winner?

As we know, it takes more than a few weeks to prepare a garden for competition - perhaps now is the time to start thinking about what needs to be tweaked in your garden. Advice can always be sought from garden sections of stores and nurseries in the Coffs area, who are only too happy to assist.  

Key dates

Sat 28 July Competition launch - entry forms will be available and entries accepted from this date.
Fri 7 September Last day for entry submissions (5pm close - no late entries accepted).
Mon 10 September - Thu 13 September Curly Kale School Growing Competition Judging.
Sun 16 September Judging (Coffs Harbour City area and Orara Valley)
Mon 17 September Judging (Toormina, Sawtell, Boambee and Bonville areas)
                                 Judging Schools 
Tues 18 September Judging (Northern beaches from Diggers Beach to Corindi)
Friday 21 September Presentation night (Cavanbah Hall, 191 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, 7.00pm. A light supper will be provided at no charge)

Categories in Competition
  • Waterwise Gardens - residential, industrial and commercial see this link for judging criteria for Waterwise categories and further information can be found here. 
  • Residential - garden of strata or community title dwelling, small, medium and large gardens, garden maintained by person 75 years or older, rental property, patio or courtyard, best kerbside appeal garden, home vegetable garden, community garden plot, new home/new garden, and lastly best garden feature.
  • Schools - whole school garden, native garden and vegetable.
  • Industrial/Commercial/Community - whole garden of any commercial premise garden including tourist accommodation (eg motels, hotels, B&B and caravan parks). Whole gardens of hospitals, churches, clubs and commercially operated retirement estates and nursing homes.
Major points of consideration in judging are: Design, Condition and Selection of Plants, General Appeal and Lawn or mulch.  

Closing date for entries is the first Friday in September (7th) with judging commencing on Sunday 16 September for the Coffs area, Monday for areas to the south and Tuesday areas north of the CBD.

There have been some changes to the categories this year and we are very excited to have a category for best kerbside appeal and also a category for a community garden plot. Prizes have been doubled in most categories to $100 for first and $50 for second placed entrants.

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