The green-fingered residents and gardening team at Living Choice Glenhaven have done it again! The village scooped the top prize in the category “Best Industrial, Commercial or Institution Garden” in the Sydney Hills Garden Competition and the residents excelled in many other categories, earning first, second, third and many Highly Commended awards.
Regional Manager, Gail Eyres, gardening team leader Stephen Rosenbladh of Modern Outdoors and several Living Choice residents attending the prizegiving held at the Castle Hill Showgrounds on Friday 25th September. Gail said they were thrilled to win so many awards and she paid tribute to both the residents and the gardening team for their wonderful efforts to ensure the village’s gardens looked so beautiful.
“We have won the top award four times over the years, including in 2008, 2017, 2019 and now in 2020. We also received Highly Commended awards in 2014, 2015 and 2018.
“However, it’s not just about winning the awards – it shows the pride that our team members and residents have in their village. This year has been a particularly challenging one for everyone and the colourful gardens have helped to lift everyone’s spirits,” she said.
The Sydney Hills Garden Competition, which forms part of the Orange Blossom Festival, is run by the Rotary Club of Hills-Kellyville and the gardens are judged by qualified horticulturalists and landscapers.
Congratulations to the following residents for their awards:
Residential Garden Professionally Maintained – 1st Kaye Aitchison;
New Garden Owner Maintained – 2nd Jenny Freund;
Townhouse, Villa or Courtyard Garden Owner Maintained – 2nd Kay & Bob Smith;
Senior Citizen’s Townhouse or Courtyard Garden – 1st Kay and Bob Smith, 3rd Di & Leon Creed;
Senior Citizen’s Garden in a Retirement complex – 3rd Keith McGill & Gay Dalton; Highly Commended: Robyn Sismey, Jan & Ray Giezekamp, Ian & Jill Bleakley, Jeanette Thompson, Don & Barbara Hazeltine; Commended - Hazel Mackness, Betty Murray, Irene & Grant Fisher, Gary Wellard & Susanne Waesch, Neil Manning, Stella Shultz, Harry Kensell, Joan & John Mulhall, Mavis Harris, Bob Burke, Barbara Amor, Elwyn Harding, Brian & Angela McBride, Tony & Robin Davidson; Encouragement - Valma & Jack Stunnell, Clyde Cox, Jim Lever, Anita Stevens.
Good Neighbour Gardens – Barbara Amor, Valma & Jack Stunnell, Neil Manning, Susanne Waesch & Gary Wellard, Irene & Grant Fisher, Betty Murray, Hazel Mackness & Elwyn Harding; 2nd Gumnut Grove.
Specialty Gardens & features – Highly Commended - Living Choice Veggie Group; Living Choice Native Garden.
Industrial Commercial or Institution Garden – 1st Living Choice Glenhaven.