2016 Sustainable Garden Awards

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Sustainable Garden Awards recognise and celebrate the importance of sustainable gardens and landscapes in our City’s urban environment.

Nominations for the 2016 Sustainable Garden Awards have now closed.

View: 2016 Winning Entries

View: Awards night image gallery

The Sustainable Garden Awards program is open to all residents, business owners, schools and community groups, who have a ‘sustainable story’ to share.


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Criteria & judges

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Entry conditions

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Award Categories  

All nominations must address at least one of the following criteria:


Recognising gardens or landscaped areas in residential properties from large suburban garden to small balcony gardens.  
Commercial Recognising commercial gardens and landscaped areas in internal or external commercial settings, including car parking areas, atriums and living green walls.
Community Recognising any form of communal space which is accessible to the public or individual community groups or organisations, including schools, churches, community gardens and public areas tended to by community groups.  

Mayor’s ‘Nature Play’ Award

Recognising any gardens or landscaped areas which encourage children’s interactions with nature.  


The winning entry in each category (excluding the Mayor's 'Nature Play' Award) will be awarded a $500 gift voucher (choice of Bunnings, Mitre 10, The Diggers Club or Norwood Garden Centre).

The winner of the Community category will also receive garden product to the value of $200 from Jeffries.


Criteria and judges

All nominations must address at least one of the following criteria:  


Use of landscaping materials and plantings to integrate with the site and its buildings from concept to completion.  

Innovation & creativity

Inventive or creative use of space to create a garden.  

Biodiversity & habitat

Plantings have been used to encourage native birds, animals and insects. 


Plants, animals or systems are used in a way that supports self-sufficiency.  

Nature play

A garden or landscaped area which has been specifically designed to encourage children’s interactions with nature.    


Mr John Sandham  

Mr John Sandham studied an apprenticeship at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1972 and went on to develop his horticulture career at University of Durham Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

He moved to Australia in 1989 and first started working for the Botanic Gardens of South Australia as the Curator of Conservatory Displays and Plant Propagation. He now holds the role of the Living Collections Officer and as primary educator, plays a pivotal role with the Australian Centre of Horticultural Excellence.

An active member of the Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand (BGANZ) Association, Mr Sandham was appointed President in 2015.  

Mr David Lawry OAM  

Mr David Lawry is responsible for co-founding TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network) in 1997 and was its Director until 2012. He is currently the Director of Avenues of Honour at the Waite Arboretum, University of Adelaide. 

With a Degree in Agricultural Science and a long horticultural history in the nursery and landscaping industry, Mr Lawry is a respected champion for the emerging science aimed at improving the establishment and retention of trees in urban settings, particularly street trees. 

In 2008 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to arboriculture and the environment, particularly through research and support for sustainable plantings in the urban landscape, and to the community through the Avenues of Honour project.  

Ms Tina Verey  

Ms Tina Verey has been the Manager of The Diggers Club Adelaide for the last five years with a strong interest in food gardens. 

The Diggers Club aims to nurture inspirational gardens and holds regular workshops and master classes for members as well as producing a regular magazine about food, sustainability and relevant gardening issues. 

Ms Verey runs her own gardening business promoting and working with food and flowers to create picturesque and edible gardens.



Sustainable Garden Awards Event Launch

This event has now passed.

Date: Tuesday 13 September
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Banquet Hall, St Peters Town Hall Complex, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters

Join Mayor Bria and guest presenter, Monina Gilbey from Green Gecko studios, for the launch of the Awards.

Download Monina Gilbey's presentation: Gardening Sustainably


Workshop with Sophie Thomson (6 - 12 years)

Date: Tuesday 11 October 2016
Time: 10am 11:30am
Venue: St Peters Library, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters, SA

Learn about why it's great to grow veggies, how to make compost and all about garden pests. Also make a garden craft supplied by the SA Men's Shed Association.

Cost: Free | Bookings essential

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'Falling in Love with Your Soil’ with Sophie Thomson

Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Time: 11.30am – 1pm
Venue: Linde Community Garden, Dunstone Grove-Linde Reserve, Stepney

This will be a practical session on how to get the best out of your soil presented by well known Adelaide based gardening presenter and writer - Sophie Thomson.

Cost: Free | Bookings essential

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Conditions of Entry  

All garden or landscape project entries into the 2016 Sustainable Garden Awards must be located within the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Final judging will be carried out by an expert panel of judges who have been appointed by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All nominations which address the 'Nature Play' judging criteria will be eligible for the Mayor's 'Nature Play' Award and will be awarded at the Mayor's discretion.

Access will be required to all nominated gardens for judging & photography purposes. Entrants agree to have professional photographs taken of their nominations, to be used in awards promotion.



For more information, contact Kate Talbot on 08 8366 4562 or email ktalbot@npsp.sa.gov.au