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City announces 2017 Garden Award Winners

Posted on November 24, 2017
Two green thumbed sisters have taken home the Best Urban Garden titles in this year's City of Bayswater Garden Awards.

Wendy Wright of Bayswater won the Best Urban Garden prize while her sister Julie Wright of Maylands claimed the runner-up prize at the awards ceremony last night.

Known as the 'Garden City' it's no surprise that the City of Bayswater has some avid gardeners in its mix.

Ten local gardeners took home cash prizes this year, while Maylands resident Joel Madalena won the coveted People's Choice Award also announced on the night.

Mayor Dan Bull said Joel did a spectacular job of transforming his verge garden on Eighth Avenue from a barren space into a magnificent native garden.

"This year's award categories were adapted to reflect our commitment to sustainability and greening the City. They are in line with the City's adoption of new Verge Guidelines designed to cut red tape and enable residents to make better use of their verges. Verge gardens could be native, waterwise or veggie gardens - the sky's the limit."

The 2017 Garden Awards winners are;

Best verge garden: Bronwyn Bell of Maylands and runner-up Tim Collins and Amanda Rogers of Maylands.

Best urban garden: Wendy Wright of Bayswater and runner-up Julie Wright of Maylands.

Best veggie garden: Tim Collins and Amanda Rogers of Maylands and runner-up Catherine Juniper of Bayswater.

Best native garden: Paul and Myrtle Ruse of Noranda and runner-up Wendy Wright of Bayswater.

Best first time entry: Kate Bird of Bayswater and runner-up John and Sharon Van Vliet of Bedford.
Mayor Dan Bull said he encouraged all residents to get active in their gardens and help add to the greening of the City.

"It's truly wonderful that so many residents embrace our 36th annual Garden Awards and we're really excited about all of the new verge gardens popping up," Mayor Bull said.

"All of the entrants and winners should be proud of their efforts and of the enormous contribution they make to the general beautification of our community."

The first prize for each category was $300 while runners-up received $100 prizes.

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