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The Sydney Hills Garden CompetitionAn Orange Blossom Festival Event

Sydney Hills Gardening Competition 2022-

It's on again this year

The first Garden competition ran in 1959 as the brainchild 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” and continues to be supported by The Hills Shire Council as part of that Festival.

This is a call out to all gardeners …. register your gardens by 5PM on Friday the 9th September 2022 for judging which will start on the 12th of September.

 To be eligible to enter this competition, gardens must be located in The Hills Shire or in the adjoining parts of the suburbs of North Rocks, Carlingford, Northmead, Winston Hills, Baulkham Hills, West Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven, Dural, Arcadia, Galston or Glenorie.

 Entry forms will be  available soon on this website or The Hills Shire Council’s website and will contain more details for the competition.

Gardens are judged by professional and experienced horticulturists and landscapers. In the past judges have included local gardening gurus Judy Horton, Ross Miller, the late Bruce Pike as well as Horticulturalist Lucia Fowler. “We’ve never seen so many beautiful gardens around than the last few years. So many people have become house and garden proud while working from home and through lockdowns making the very best of their surrounds and especially enjoying their gardens despite all the weather challenges. More than ever, this is a time to celebrate the fine gardens of the Hills District this spring” said gardening expert Lucia Fowler after last year’s competition.

The Awards Presentation Night will be held on Friday 23rd September, in the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground starting at 7.00 pm. Photos of the gardens will be shown from 7pm with the presentations beginning at 7.30. A light supper will be served at the conclusion of the presentations.

As well as providing a showcase for gardeners the competition also provides an opportunity for local businesses to connect to gardeners via sponsorship of the competition. For more information contact Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014.

The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville has had a long association with gardeners in The Hills, having run the Garden Competition since early 2000’s and the Hills Open Gardens. The Club proudly opened a Community Garden in March 2021 to mark the 100th year of Rotary in Australia. All the garden plots were quickly snapped up by keen gardeners and planting began. Within weeks it became a vegetable oasis amidst apartment blocks right in the centre of Baulkham Hills. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville established and built this garden for the community in conjunction with the Hills Shire Council. Other works of the Club include local community events and the raising of funds for numerous programs far and wide, from the Hills area to outback Australia to overseas communities with specific needs. To be part of an inspired group that are making a difference, contact the club though our website or Facebook page.

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Telephone Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014


Champion of Champions 2021Jim Anderson with Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne and Keith Stapley


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