Public housing garden competition

The Public Housing Garden Competition is open to all public housing tenants in urban areas of the Northern Territory each year.

The competition is an opportunity for tenants to showcase their gardens and have their enthusiasm and hard work recognised.

This year the Department of Housing and Community Development is pleased to partner with the Royal Darwin Show, the Alice Springs Show and the Katherine Show.

The competition is now open in Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston, Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

Who can apply?

All public housing tenants in Katherine, Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs (including town camps) and Tennant Creek (including community living areas) including town camps are eligible to enter the competition.

You must include photos of your garden in order to submit an entry.

How to apply

Entrants in Katherine, Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs (including town camps) and Tennant Creek (including community living areas) must fill in and submit the entry form along with photos of your garden by email to garden.competition@nt.gov.au, in person at your local housing office, or by post.

Categories

Central competition (Alice Springs including town camps)

  • Best small garden/container garden
  • Best arid garden/regional plant garden
  • Best produce garden
  • Best lawn
  • Best town camp

Entries close on Friday 23 June 2017.

Central garden competition entry form (619.1 kb)

Entrants may nominate in a maximum of two categories.

Barkly competition (Tennant Creek including community living areas)

  • Best small garden/container garden
  • Best arid garden/regional plant garden
  • Best produce garden
  • Best lawn
  • Best community living area

Entries close on Friday 30 June 2017.

Barkley garden competition entry form (618.8 kb)

Entrants may nominate in a maximum of two categories.

Big Rivers competition (Katherine region)

  • Best balcony, small space or pot garden
  • Best native, sustainable or water wise garden
  • Best colourful garden

All entries will be eligible to win the Jean Sallis Memorial trophy for Best Garden.

Entries close on Friday 30 June 2017.

Big Rivers garden competition entry form (618.4 kb)

Entrants may nominate in a maximum of two categories.

Top End competition (Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston)

  • Best balcony, small space or pot garden
  • Best native, sustainable or water wise garden
  • Best edible garden
  • Best colourful garden
  • Best community garden - a plaque will be awarded to the best community garden.

Entries close on Friday 9 June 2017.

Top End garden competition entry form (621.5 kb)

Criteria

Gardens will be judged on:

Presentation and general appearance – The garden is well-presented and maintained. Plants appear healthy and thriving. There are no obvious weeds, lawns are edged and rubbish is removed.

Layout and design – The garden is an organised retreat that offers a feeling of calmness and relaxation. Paths are well-placed and natural features are used to advantage. The garden complements the space/area it occupies.

Plantings – The garden has good use of colour, shape and variety. It provides year-round interest and scent and contributes to the surrounding environment and streetscape.

Environmental consideration – Water smart initiatives have been introduced to reduce water use, retain moisture and reduce evaporation. The garden encourages wildlife (birds, bees, earth worms and frogs), uses native and local plant species and excludes weeds. The garden is easily maintained with minimal environmental footprint including water and pesticides.

Creativity, originality and passion – The garden offers a true reflection of the Territory’s unique lifestyle. It is creative, different or unusual and shows the effort, enthusiasm and knowledge of the gardener.

Collaboration (Best Community Garden only) – There is clear evidence that tenants work together to plan, designate responsibility, manage the upkeep, and share the rewards of the garden.

After you apply

Shortlisting will take place the week after the closing date.

Shortlisted tenants will be contacted to arrange a time for judges to visit.

Winners will be notified in advance in order to receive their prizes at the show.

Contact

For more information about the public housing garden competitions contact the Department of Housing and Community Development on (08) 8999 8814.

Last updated: 08 May 2017