The judges certainly had their work cut out, but after much deliberation, the winners of the Newcastle Garden Awards have been announced.
The inaugural awards, presented by Tradie Network, aimed to showcase all sorts of different gardens from the big back yards to small balcony planters.
Award categories include Best Small Garden, Best Small Spaces Garden, Best Large Garden and People’s Choice.
Awards founder Michael Edwards said he was blown away with both the quantity and quality of entries.
“We received many great entries and all of our finalists set an extremely high standard, making the judge’ ‘job a challenging one. But after a significant amount of debate our judges Judy Sharpe and Brian Bird have chosen three very worthy winners, representing very different properties and types of garden,” Michael said.
Michael added that, given the level of interest in the awards in its inaugural year, the 2022 iteration would be bigger and better than ever.
“We hope that the Newcastle community have enjoyed a glimpse into some of the beautiful gardens we have across our region and potentially drawn some inspiration for their own gardens or small spaces,” Michael said.
“We have already received enquiries from numerous people who missed out on entering this year, so we expect next year to raise the bar even further.”
2021 Newcastle Garden Award winners
8A Burwood Road, Whitebridge
A seven-acre property bordering Glenrock Reserve, with partially formal gardens developed over 30 years surrounded by well-maintained lawns. Judy Sharpe and Brian Bird stated the garden was “park-like with beautiful open spaces, balancing out well-selected plants.”
21 Alexander Street, Hamilton South
This small cottage garden in the heart of Hamilton South is made up of an entry arbour with white marque roses and a predominantly white and purple colour theme. Characterised by the judges as “inviting from the front entry, with a layout and plant selection to compliment the home.”
37 Tuckeroo Circuit, Adamstown
A green sanctuary created with clever use of pots and containers, with a mix of flowers and tropical plants. Judges Judy and Brian remarked that “the property had made the best usage of limited space, turning hard surfaces into green spaces.”
People’s Choice Award
33 Floraville Road, Belmont North.
A distinct desert-inspired garden largely populated with cactus and succulents.