2018 Sustainable Garden Awards (SGA)

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

Nominations for the 2018 Sustainable Garden Awards open 1 September and close 19 October 2018.

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2018 Sustainable Garden Awards

Nominations open 1 September. Find out more...

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2018 Sustainable Garden Awards

The Sustainable Garden Awards program is open to all residents, business owners, schools and community groups, who have a ‘sustainable story’ to share. This year we're excited to welcome Jeffries as our presenting partner of the awards and workshop programs.

Categories

Residential

Recognising gardens or landscaped areas in residential properties from small balcony gardens to large suburban 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 Award

Best overall garden or landscaped area.

Prizes

The winning entry in each category (excluding the Mayor's Award) will be awarded a $500 gift voucher (choice of Bunnings, Mitre 10, The Diggers Club or Norwood Garden Centre) and will receive a framed certificate and professional photo of the winning garden.

Criteria and judges

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

Design 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. 
Self-sufficiency 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.    

Our expert judging panel

Mr John Sandham  

John 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. John 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, John was appointed President in 2015. 


Mr David Lawry OAM  

David 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, David 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 Jill Woodland

Jill grew up in a family plant business in Sydney and studied at Ryde School of Horticulture. She has worked in many facets of the industry including a stint in England managing a garden centre as well as running a garden restoration business. After moving to Adelaide in 1990, Jill was a member of Hindmarsh Greening - a group dedicated to greening the Brompton area - for many years.

Jill has a strong interest in environmental sustainability, working for the last ten years at the Conservation Council. For the last seven years Jill has been Co-Manager of the Diggers Garden Shop in the Adelaide Botanic Garden. She shares a similar ethos to The Diggers Club mission which is to encourage and inspire gardeners to create beautiful and productive gardens for a sustainable future.

Jill is a committee member of the Mediterranean Garden Society as well as a selector for the Open Garden Scheme.

Conditions of entry

All garden or landscape project entries into the 2018 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 will be eligible for the Mayor's Award and will be awarded at the Mayor's discretion.

Access will be required to all nominated gardens for judging and photography purposes. Entrants agree to have professional photographs taken of their nominated gardens, to be used in awards promotion and future promotional activities at the discretion of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Previous winners of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Sustainable Garden Awards are not eligible to nominate the winning garden, however previous recipients of encouragement awards are eligible to nominate.

Entry into the Sustainable Garden Awards is free.

All nominees with receive an invitation to attend the awards presentation ceremony, to be held at the St Peters Banquet Hall, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters, on Friday 16 November 2018.

Nomination form

Nominations open 1 September and close 19 October 2018.

Please ensure that you have carefully read the criteria and conditions of entry in the 2018 Sustainable Garden Awards before completing the form below.

Nominations must address at least on of the judging criteria. Nominations must include a written submission of up to one page addressing the criteria and supporting photos and plans (minimum of three, maximum of ten).

Online nomination form


Free workshops - book now!

All welcome! You don't have to live in the Council area to attend.

Get the most out of your patch workshops

Six mini workshops that will inspire and help you to create a sustainable and productive garden.

There will be give-away prizes at the workshops.

Date: Saturday 1 September 2018
Venue: Linde Community Garden, Stepney Street, Stepney
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Free, bookings essential.

Download: Linde Reserve Garden Map

Workshop

Time

Details

Getting the most out of your patch

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10.00am – 11.00am

Presenter: Nadja Osterstock

Learn how to retrofit your suburban garden into a thriving, resilient and happy place for food plants using the principles of permaculture.

Urban Beekeeping: getting started

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11.00am – 12 noon

Presenter: Sandra Ullrich

Spurred by an alarming decline of the global bee population, urban beekeeping is on the rise to ensure the security of many food sources.

A backyard beehive can dramatically boost the productivity of your vegetable garden and provide you will a source of beeswax and honey, and help improve the biodiversity of your local area.

The good soil

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12 noon – 1.00pm

Presenter: Dr Tim Johnson

Soil quality can make or break a garden. Dr Johnson will discuss common soil problems, provide you with affordable tips to dramatically improve your soil quality, and share creative approaches to gardening in urban areas and why it is so important from a sustainability perspective.

Linde Community Garden Tour

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12.30pm – 1.00pm

Community Garden Tour

Winner of the 2016 Sustainable Garden Award for community garden, the Linde Community Garden provides a place for the community to engage with each other and grow and share organic produce.

The garden showcases smart repurposing of objects; on-site worm farm providing liquid fertiliser; companion planting techniques for pest control, on-site compost bins; stormwater catchment; and solar powered moisture controls to ensure minimal water wastage.

Bountiful, resilient veggie gardening

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1.00pm – 2.00pm

Presenter: Steven Hoepfner

A local urban farmer with a background in commercial farming, Steven’s passion and expertise is to inspire delicious produce to be grown in suburban backyards.

From site selection and soil preparation, to plant selection and propagation techniques, Steven will provide practical tips to get your veggie patch flourishing, simply and sustainably.

 

Fruit cornucopia: fruit tree care

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2.00pm – 3.00pm

Presenter: Steven Hoepfner

A local urban farmer with a background in commercial farming, Steven’s passion and expertise is to inspire delicious produce to be grown in suburban backyards.

Learn how to get the most out of your backyard fruit trees by becoming more attuned to their needs.

Steven will cover site selection, fruit tree pruning, soil health, pest management, watering, propagation and anything else you need to know to ensure your fruit trees flourish.

Sustainable and pest free: workshops

Four mini workshops that will help you manage pests in your garden and provide you with tips to live a sustainable lifestyle.

There will be give-away prizes at the workshops.

Date: Sunday 7 October 2018
Venue: St Peters Banquet Hall, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Free, bookings essential.

Workshop

Time

Details

Dealing with pests and diseases organically and sustainably

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10.00am – 12 noon

Presenter: Sophie Thomson

Sustainable gardening is making conscious choices about your actions and the resources you use.

Sophie Thomson, from ABC’s Gardening Australia, will share some simple, effective and safe ways to work with nature to manage garden pests and diseases.

Bring all your questions and stories to share.

 

The importance of urban green spaces for wildlife, climate and people

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12 noon – 1.00pm

Presenter: Dr Jenni Garden

The urban environment is heavily modified, intensively managed, predominantly artificial and increasingly pervasive and enduring.

It is an environment where more than half of the world’s human population live, and surprisingly often supports a high diversity of native plants and animals. However, without appropriate and immediate action, increasing rates of urban in-fill together with a growing population, climate change and often insensitive development practices, will result in unsustainable urban environments which are inhospitable to people and native species.

A specialist in urban, landscape and climate change ecologies, Jenni will provide her insights about the importance of green infrastructure in the urban environments, why collaborative action is important and how you can play a role in creating liveable and resilient cities for the future.

Sustainable house, sustainable garden

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1.00pm – 2.00pm

Presenters: John Boland and Chris Bryant

Winners of the 2016 Sustainable Garden Awards residential category, John and Chris have transformed their Felixstow home from a bare allotment to an award-winning sustainable garden with more than 60 fruit and nut trees which provides them with one third of their food requirements.

The garden is designed for enjoyment, climate control and as a habitat for frogs, birds, bees, butterflies, worms and lizards.


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

Hear about their experiments and adventures in creating a sustainable home.

Wicking beds

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2.00pm – 3.00pm

Presenter: Karen Montgomery

Karen is a horticulturalist, garden consultant, workshop facilitator, trainer, garden writer, radio presenter, former CEO of Master Landscapers SA, President of the Horticultural Media Association and heavily involved with the Horticultural Therapy Association and The Rare Fruit Society.

Her Adelaide Hills garden includes a 35m² veggie patch, orchard, berry garden, bee hive and chicken run which she shares with her family, dogs and some visiting possums, koalas and kookaburras.

Karen will share her insights into all things sustainable gardening including wicking beds and how to make free fertilizer.

Bugs, bats and bees: Kid’s workshop

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DescriptionChild and plant

Hosted by Sophie Thomson

Children will learn all the fun and exciting facts about bugs, bats and bees and why they’re so important to have in your garden. Before the workshop is over they’ll have the chance to get crafty with a special activity.

There will be give-away prizes at the workshops.

 

Details

Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018
Venue: St Peters Banquet Hall, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am

Free, bookings essential.

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Free guided tours - book now!

All welcome! You don't have to live in the Council area to attend.

Sophie’s Patch: Guided tour

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Your name will be added to our wait list and we will email you if a space becomes available.

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Free, bookings essential.

 

Description

Join Sophie for a tour of her inspiring, sustainable garden as she shares her successes, failures, ideas and experiments. Have a coffee and enjoy some delicious food made with produce from Sophie’s Patch.

One of SA’s most popular and enthusiastic gardeners, Sophie Thomson is a well-known author, public speaker and TV presenter. Over the last five years, Sophie and her family have created a remarkable garden on what was once a bare paddock.

The Patch includes numerous contained spaces as well as a fully productive organic veggie patch, more than 100 fruit and nut trees and what she hopes one day will be a breathtaking, climate compatible ornamental garden.

 

Details

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018
Venue: Sophie Thomson’s Garden, Hamlyn Cottage, Mount Barker Springs
Time: 10.00am – 12 noon

Bus departs 9.00am and returns 1.00pm. Pick-up and drop-off location: Entrance of the Norwood Concert Hall on George Street, Norwood.

Free, bookings essential.

Award winning garden: Guided tour

Winner - Residential Category - 21 Shirley Street, FelixstowDescription

Guided tour of the winning residential garden from the 2016 Sustainable Garden Awards.

Join John and Chris on a tour of their award-winning sustainable garden. John is Professor of Environmental Mathematics, specialising in renewable energy and water supply systems. Chris is an accredited permaculture designer. Together, they produce 30 percent of their food requirements in their garden which also acts as climate control, habitat for frogs, bees, birds and lizards, sanctuary and place for enjoyment.

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 through a combination of rainwater tanks and specifically designed trenches.

 

Details

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018
Venue: 21 Shirley Avenue, Felixstow
Time: 11.15am -12.15pm

Free, bookings essential.

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St Peters Billabong: Guided tour

St Peters Billabong birdsDescription

Hosted by volunteer group, Friends of the Billabong.

The St Peters Billabong is a hidden gem. The adjoining land has been used for a variety of purposes over the years but in recent times the pre-European woodland and grassland communities have been painstakingly re-created using plants that are native to the area.

The Billabong is once again a haven for native wildlife and is recognised as an urban biodiversity 'hotspot' on the Adelaide Plains as well as a wonderfully tranquil and beautiful place to visit.

The area is a rare example of a well-restored natural environment and is an interesting and tranquil place to visit. It is also home to the Council’s first native bee hotel.

 

Details

Dates: Wednesday 17 AND Saturday 20 October 2018 (three sessions available)

Time:10.00am – 11.00am and 11.15 - 12.15 (17 October) 10.00am - 11,00pm (20 October)

Venue: St Peters Billabong, St Peters

Meet at the River Street carpark, located between 21 and 25 River Street, St Peters.

Free, bookings essential.

Book now

Linde Community Garden Tour

Linde Community Garden Tour

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12.30pm – 1.00pm

Community Garden Tour

Winner of the 2016 Sustainable Garden Award for community garden, the Linde Community Garden provides a place for the community to engage with each other and grow and share organic produce.

The garden showcases smart repurposing of objects; on-site worm farm providing liquid fertiliser; companion planting techniques for pest control, on-site compost bins; stormwater catchment; and solar powered moisture controls to ensure minimal water wastage.

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Mary-Anne Siebert, Sustainability Officer
T: 08 8366 4532
E: msiebert@npsp.sa.gov.au