It’s that time of year again, where we celebrate our City’s keen and passionate gardeners.

The 2019 Mayor’s Garden Competition recognises local gardeners and encourages community interest in local gardens which enhances the presentation and liveability of our city.

Entries are now open in the following categories with prizes on offer:

o Open Residential

o Courtyard

o Rural

o Edible Garden ( school, community, individual)

Entry forms are available at our libraries, council offices and online.

Judging will take place between 14-18 October.

Each entry will be judged on the following items:

o First impressions

o Design

o Maintenance

o Sustainability

Entries close on the 20th September.

For further information and entry forms please see our website or contact Civic Governance on 8384 0666 or

Conditions of entry

The garden must be located within the City of Onkaparinga.

An entry form together with a photograph (electronic or hard copy) of your garden must be submitted.

The garden must be accessible to the judging panel.

One entry per address, one category per nomination. However, the judges reserve the right to change the category of an entry at their discretion.

The judging panel consists of City of Onkaparinga Elected Members and staff.

Judges decision is final.


Hall of Fame

Gardens that have received a Mayors Garden Competition award twice are automatically entered into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees are still eligible to participate in the Mayors Garden Competition but are ineligible to receive an award. All Hall of Fame gardens receive a certificate of recognition and will be featured on our website.

The following are the award recipients for 2018:

Open School: Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale

Edible Garden: Individual: Andrew Hickman of Aldinga Beach

Edible Garden – School and Hall of Fame Entrant: O’Sullivan Beach School

Rural: Robert Laffer of McLaren Vale

Encouragement Award: Craigburn Primary School

Encouragement Award: Clarendon Primary School

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