2018 Sustainable Garden Awards Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Sustainable Garden Awards!
About the Awards
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Sustainable Garden Awards were held during September and October 2018, in recognition and celebration of the importance of gardening and landscaping in our City’s urban environment.
The Awards were open to all residents, businesses, schools and community groups in the Council area, to showcase a variety of gardens which make a positive contribution to the environment and well-being of the community through sustainable principles, design and innovation. Nominations were assessed against a range of criteria including design, innovation and creativity, biodiversity and habitat, self-sufficiency and nature play.
Nominations and judging
Ten eligible nominations were received in the residential category. As judges were particularly impressed with the application of sustainable garden design principles; innovative ideas to promote water and moisture retention; and measures to attract native animals and insects, two awards were conferred in the residential category. No nominations were received in the commercial or community categories.
The Awards were judged by a panel of industry experts comprising John Sandham, President, Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand Association; David Lawry OAM, Director, Avenues of Honour, Waite Arboretum; and Kate Chattaway, Branch Head, South Australian Mediterranean Garden Society.
Sustainable gardening event program a success
Complementing the Sustainable Garden Awards, the Council also ran a program of free sustainable gardening events, including workshops about organic pest control; wicking beds; soil health; the importance of bird, bats, bug and bees; fruit tree care; organic vegetable gardening; and an introduction to permaculture.
Tours of St Peters Billabong, Chris Bryant and John Boland’s award winning garden in Felixstow, the Linde Community Garden and Sophie Thomson’s garden in the Adelaide Hills, also proved popular and quickly booked out.
57 Seventh Avenue, St Morris
For more than 30 years, Pete and Maggi Boult have enjoyed tending their garden. Four years ago they purchased the house next door, subdividing the property and extending their back garden to create a sanctuary in which fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, natives and ornamentals thrive.
Around 95 percent of plants were raised from seed or cuttings, with 60 percent of all vegetables and annuals grown from the previous year’s seeds.
Pete and Maggi have created their garden with water conservation in mind, implementing features such as trenches to promote deep water soakage; the use of autumn leaves year round to promote moisture (which has the added bonus of reducing weeds); and harvesting rainwater from the house roofs. Organic compost and fertiliser is made onsite from horse and chicken manure.
Insecticide free, pests are managed through companion planting, physical traps and by simply hosing them off, while homemade dormant oil is applied to fruit trees to control insects.
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Residential winner & Mayor’s Award
3 First Avenue, Payneham South
Alan Shepard’s garden is designed to be sustainable as well as a relaxing outdoor space. The wildlife friendly garden comprises 20 fruit trees and a variety of vegetables and herbs all interspersed with companion plants to attract beneficial insect or repel pests.
Food scraps and garden waste are recycled in worm farms and compost bins which together with locally sourced manure, is used to fertilise the soil. The garden is mulched with straw and organic garden vegetation to reduce evaporation.
Many of the plants were chosen for their tendency to attract birds, and the garden is home to many local frog species while native bees, wasps, insects and lizards are encouraged to live in bee, insect and lizard hotels. Bats and owls are also regular visitors to Alan’s garden.
From plants to garden paths, everything is carefully selected on its ability to maximise rainfall retention, promote moisture and prevent weeds.
To help manage heat within the home and outdoor area, the rear of the house features a grapevine-covered pergola which provides shade in the warmer months and allows sun into the living room during winter.
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137 Third Avenue, Royston Park
First established by Terri and Philip Heath so their son Ollie could learn where food comes from, their garden now flourishes with produce that feeds the family all year round. Ollie even has his own patch which he tends to with care.
Using permaculture design principles, the garden is designed to attract beneficial insects, bees, wasps, butterflies and birds while corners of the garden are intentionally left to grow wild to provide habitat for native animals such as blue-tongue lizards and hopping mice.
In the garden all plants have a purpose - they either provide food for the family, food and shelter for wildlife, or help manage the garden’s microclimate. Rainwater is captured and used strategically through the garden, compost made on site and chickens turn food scraps into nutritious fertilizer.
Terri and Philip share their abundant produce to inspire family, friends, neighbours and passers-by to grow their own food too.