Living Choice Glenhaven has been crowned the winner of the Sydney Garden Competition in the Hills Shire – the seventh time the village has won the award! In addition, the village’s bountiful veggie garden won first prize, the Bush Garden received a Highly Commended award and several residents won first, Highly Commended and Commended awards.
It was a proud moment for Regional Manager, Gail Eyres, who attended the awards night at the Castle Hill Showgrounds with Stephen Rosenbladh of Modern Outdoors and village residents who had entered the prestigious competition.
The garden competition is steeped in history and is intricately linked to the Hills Shire. The first competition ran in 1959 as the brainchild of Councillor Eric Mobbs and became the forerunner of the Orange Blossom Festival. It has earned a place in the cultural history of "The Garden Shire".
The competition is run each year by The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville and has a variety of categories for gardeners from small town houses to residential gardens and gardens of industrial, commercial and retirement complexes. It is open to gardens located in the Hills Shire and adjoining parts of North Rocks, Carlingford, Northmead, Winston Hills, Baulkham Hills, West Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven, Dural, Arcadia, Galston and Glenorie.
Gail praised the Modern Outdoors gardening team and those residents who had gone the extra mile to ensure Living Choice Glenhaven maintained its reputation as the “Garden Village”. “Special congratulations to the veggie garden and bush garden volunteers – they can be very proud of their efforts,” she said.
Living Choice Glenhaven has been awarded first place in its category seven times – in 2008, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. It also received Highly Commended awards in 2014, 2015 and 2018.