Another trophy has been added to the large collection of garden awards at Living Choice Glenhaven after the village gardens were voted the best in their category at the 2019 Sydney Hills Garden Competition.
The prestigious competition forms part of the annual Orange Blossom Festival and is supported by the Hills – Kellyville Rotary Club. Glenhaven was judged Best Industrial, Commercial or Institution Garden by leading garden judges, Ross Miller and Bruce Pike.
Head Gardener Subhash Chander attended the awards presentation held at the Castle Hill Showgrounds and was joined by 20 residents, many of whom also won individual awards. “I was so excited and proud when they announced Glenhaven had won – you could not wipe the smile from my face!”
Another very proud person is Living Choice’s Regional Manager, Gail Eyres, who had the challenge this week of finding space in the village’s Reception area to add yet another trophy. “Thanks to our skilled gardening team and the valuable advice we receive from residents, we have won this award three times over the years, including in 2008, 2017 and now in 2019. We also received Highly Commended awards in 2014, 2015 and 2018.”
Subhash said following the judges’ comments last year, he and his team had worked hard this year to eliminate winter grass and onion weed and had propagated many plants to add extra colour.
To ensure the gardening team stayed within the village budget, Subhash said they used extra mulch to help the plants in the dry season, which they sourced from local tree loppers. “We also propagate plants ourselves and get cuttings from residents, who give us lots of encouragement and helpful advice.”
Many of those village residents also won awards – congratulations!
Senior Citizen’s Front Garden: 1st Kaye Aitchison, 2nd Jeanette Thompson, 3rd Jenny Wilkinson.
Senior Citizen’s Entire Garden: 3rd Tony and Robin Davidson.
Senior Citizen’s Townhouse & Courtyard Garden: 1st Kay and Bob Smith, 3rd Greg and Lesley Martin.
Good Neighbour Gardens: 1st Bob and Robyn Junor with Jeanette Thompson; 2nd Ray Hedges with Keith McGill, Joyce Stott with Jilly Warren
Many other residents also received Highly Commended awards – well done!