Garden competition entries are now open

The Wyong District Garden Competition is back for its 47th instalment and entries are now open.

Open to all greenthumbs who reside within the boundaries of the former Wyong LGA, the competition has a rich history of unearthing the best gardens and growers who call the northern end of the Coast home.

Entries close on August 25, with judging to take place throughout September.

Winners will be announced at a special presentation ceremony and horticultural competition at Central Coast Council’s Wyong Chambers on September 16, but this is yet to be confirmed and will be subject to COVID-19 regulations.

With some new additions to this year’s program, Competition Committee President, Bill Kuilder, is hopeful that the challenges that 2020 has delivered so far won’t impact the competition too drastically.

In fact, they could even be a boon, with a brand new section established to welcome any new gardens that sprouted up over lockdown.

“There are 20 sections in the competition and they cater for all types of gardens and gardeners, from professionals through to clubs, schools, businesses and community gardens.

“A new section, Novice Gardener, was also added this year and is suitable for any person who has not entered the competition before,” Kuilder said.

With the new section in play, the committee is hoping that some hidden gems will be uncovered, but until then, they’ll be appealing to the people of the former Wyong LGA to help their competition grow.

“This year we are reaching out to businesses in the local community for support.

“We know that the last few months have been very tough for you, but if you could help support the Wyong District Garden Competition by monetary sponsorship this would be greatly appreciated.

“The funds will be used for trophies and prizes for this year’s winners,” Kuilder said.

“We would also like to thank Central Coast Council and the local garden clubs for their financial support,” Kuilder said.

Entry forms and additional information about this year’s competition are available at nurseries and council libraries around the former Wyong LGA.

Dilon Luke

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