Gardening gloves come off on The Mountain

Entries are being invited for Kariong/Somersby Rotary’s annual garden competition

The Kariong/Somersby Rotary Club is calling on residents from the suburbs of Kariong or the adjoining Mountain Area to send in photos of their garden as a part of the club’s COVID-19 Garden competition.

The contest aims to showcase the improvements residents have made to their garden during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Club Foundation Director, Peter Mulholland, said over the last few months he had started seeing more people out and about in the community.

“We noticed that people had all this time of their hands and they started spending a lot more time on their gardens,” Mulholland said.

“We are organising three prizes – $300, $200 and $100 – for outstanding improvements by residents, who have focussed on their gardens due to social isolation imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown arrangements.

Bunnings has also got involved by offering gift cards to winners.

“Put simply, we hope to create a practical and psychological benefit in the community from the inherent negative aspects of this social isolation,” Mulholland said.

Before photos are not a necessity but are encouraged as it can help demonstrate the changes.

The winners will be chosen by Kariong Somersby Rotary Club members and the Central Coast Australian Plant Society.

Photos must be submitted by September 30 at

Jacinta Counihan