Garden competition included ‘virtual horticulture’

The Wyong District Garden Competition has concluded for 2021 with many gardens and 10 new entrants joining the competition.

Competition Secretary, Fay Kuilder, said that 2021 was a challenging year with Central Coast Council not sponsoring the event.

“We were fortunate enough to pick up new sponsors, which helped with our expenses.

“We are very grateful for both the old sponsors as well as the new ones, because without them we would not be able to run the competition which is now in its 48th year.

“We normally hold a horticultural competition on presentation day, when the prizes are given out, but due to COVID restrictions this couldn’t go ahead.

“Instead, we tried a virtual horticultural competition over a two-week period.

“There were 30 different classes to enter covering container plants, floral arts, cut flowers and fruits and vegetables, each class won a cash prize,” Kuilder said.

The winner of the cut flower class was Clare Ledbrook; Jean Tyler won the floral art class; and the overall winner of the competition was Marie McLauchlin.

“A special thank you to Lee Rowans Gardenworld at Ourimbah for sponsoring the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion and their donation of a garden pot filled with products which was drawn from all the entrants in the garden competition.

“This prize was won by Leonie Grimshaw.

“The other raffles kindly donated by Bunnings Lakehaven, Masterfoods and Northcote Pottery to help raise money for our advertising costs were won by Ruth Ward, Ellane Garside, Mavis Williamson and Jean Miller.

“We look forward to next year and hope we will have lots more people willing to have a go and enter their gardens,” Kuilder said.

Media release, Sep 17
Wyong District Garden Competition Committee