2016 Award Winners

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainable Garden Awards, at a presentation night held at Brick+Mortar on Thursday 10 November 2016.

The Sustainable Garden Awards program received a total of 17 eligible nominations for residential, commercial and community garden and landscaped areas, which were nominated by members of the general public along with local businesses, schools and community groups.

Awards were conferred in the categories of Residential, Commercial and Community and were judged by a panel of industry experts.

For more information about the Awards, including criteria and judging, visit: 2016 Sustainable Garden Awards

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2016 Award winners

Residential Category

Winner: 21 Shirley Street, Felixstow

Winner - Residential Category: Chris Bryant & John Boland, FelixstowFrom a bare allotment 20 years ago, the garden now has over 60 fruit and nut trees and provides owners, Chris and John, with approximately one third of their food requirements.

All green waste is reused on site to make compost and the garden is designed to harvest and reuse virtually all of the water that falls on the block, using a combination of rainwater tanks and specifically designed trenches.

As well as a thriving worm farm, the garden also includes bee hives and bee hotels and trees to provide shading to the dwelling in summer.


Commendation: Old Jam Factory, St Peters

Encouragement Award: Margaret Vincent, Maylands and Jacqui Garcia, Glynde


Commercial Category

Winner: Argo on The Parade, 212 The Parade, Norwood

Winner - Commercial Category: Argo Cafe, NorwoodOwner Daniel Milky and garden designer Tim Keenihan redesigned what was once a basic and drab cafe frontage to feature several planter beds and a large vertical garden comprising various ornamental and drought tolerant species.

As well as dramatically improving the aesthetics of the streetscape on The Parade, the vertical garden assists to passively cool the outdoor dining area and to reduce the urban heat island effect and smog.


Community Category

Winner: Linde Community Garden, Stepney Street, Stepney

Winner - Community Category: Linde Community Garden, StepneyThe Linde Community Garden provides a place for the community to engage with each other and to grow and share organic produce.

Materials in the garden are sourced from recycled objects, including old apple crates for wicking beds and recycled pallets for compost bays.

A range of organic fruits, nuts, herbs and vegetables are grown, and companion planting is used to control pests and encourage bees.

The on-site worm farm provides liquid fertilizer to promote soil health and the on-site compost bins provide an opportunity to recycle green waste into nutrient rich compost.

Stormwater is captured in rainwater tanks on site and also from the aquifer in Linde Reserve, and is reused on site to water the gardens.

A solar powered moisture meter is used to ensure water is not wasted and mulch is applied during the warmer months to minimize evaporation.

Commendation: Kensington Resident’s Association for their work on Borthwick Park, Kensington,


Mayor’s Nature Play Award

Winner: Trinity Gardens School, 160 Portrush Road, Trinity Gardens

Winner - Mayor's Nature Play Award: Trinity Gardens Primary School, Trinity GardensIn the school’s nature play garden, children are supported to enjoy the simple delights of climbing trees, making cubby houses, making mud pies and eating fruit and nuts straight from the trees.

There is a range of exercise equipment and a shady, sealed running and cycling track nestled amongst the trees. There is also a frog pond, a fragrance-based sensory garden and the occasional koala visitor, as well as a dedicated digging area called the quarry where the garden designer secretly buried lots of interesting bones, rocks and stones for children to uncover, collect and play with.