COVID-19 Update

Given the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the world, here at the City of Charles Sturt we want to be proactive and clear about how we can stay healthy and are making changes to the way we do things. Each day we will provide updates to the services and events that are impacted along with the latest information and recommendations from WHO, SA Health and the Government.

Find out More

Dismiss alert

Spring Garden Competition

Content Image

The City of Charles Sturt is proud to present the Spring Garden Competition 2019.

Judging took take place during the following dates 1 October – 4 October 2019 and 21 October – 25 October 2019.

A huge thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Spring Gardening competition.

We are committed to protecting our natural environment, preserving our heritage environment and planning for our built environment into the future. One way we can do all of these things is by celebrating our community’s gardens. These are special places where we focus on our natural environment in the midst of homes, buildings and the hustle and bustle of suburban life.

We were delighted by all of the entries, showcasing the many beautiful gardens across the City. This year, the judges, Mayor Angela Evans and Janet Willoughby, Councils Open Space Community Planner visited around 50 gardens from all over Charles Sturt.  There were many beautiful gardens, each one different to the other, but all great in their own right.

On Tuesday 19 November, we held our Awards night, with special guest Sophie Thomson. The 2019 categories and winners were:

Small Garden Award
Jessica Fendler of Allenby Gardens

Home Garden Award
Susan Moore and Terry Owen of Semaphore Park

Food Garden Award
Brooklyn Mabbott of Bowden

Non-Residential Garden Award
All members of The Henley Community Garden

School Garden Award
Henley Beach Primary School
The Palms Education Centre at Findon High School

Most Loved Street
Rosetta Street Greening

Verge Garden
Anthony Spadavecchia of St Clair

Mayors Special Recognition Award
The Welcoming Centre in Bowden
Woodville West Community Garden

Children’s Dream Garden
Well done to our young dream gardeners in categories 2-5, 6-10 and 11-13 years:

Juliette and Genevieve Lawlor
Oliver Pickburn
Roy Pickburn
Lilli Inns
Kate Bennett

Great Garden Citizen
Mark Gauci of West Croydon and Rosetta Street Greening.

If you have any queries please contact Sue Tripodi on 8408 1306 or email

Spring Garden Competition Terms & Conditions

By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

All gardens and gardeners must be located within the City of Charles Sturt.

  1. Final judging will be carried out by a panel of judges who have been appointed by the City of Charles Sturt
  2. All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the judges, whose decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. All participants are automatically in the running for the ‘Mayor’s Encouragement Award’ category.  The winner of this category cannot win this prize in two consecutive years.
  4. Entrants agree to allow their image and gardens to be photographed by a nominated person from the City of Charles Sturt. Photographs may be reproduced in the City of Charles Sturt promotional material to be used by Council at its discretion.
  5. The judging criteria for each category will be:
    I.   Overall design
    II.  Use of Plants
    III. Originality and Creativity
    IV.  Environmental Initiatives
  6. Mail entries to:
    Spring Garden Competition 2019
    City of Charles Sturt
    PO BOX 1
    WOODVILLE  SA  5011
  7. Council staff and their immediate families are not eligible to enter this competition.
  8. Judging will take place during the following dates - 1 October 2019 – 4 October 2019 and 21
    October 2019 – 25 October 2019
  9. Presentation Night of Awards Tuesday 19 November 2019
  10. Entrants no longer need to submit a photograph, a Council representative will take a photo of the garden.
  11. Entries close on Friday 6 September 2019
  12. Entry to the Spring Garden Competition 2019 is free.
  13. Personal information collected from you is held and used by Council under our Privacy Policy.

If you require further information please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 8408 1111 or email

Privacy Notification

Personal information collected from you is held and used by Council under the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The supply of information is voluntary, however if you cannot provide, or do not wish to provide the information sought, Council may be unable to process your application or request, or consider your submission.

Please note that the exchange of information between the public and Council, may be accessed by others and could be made publicly available under the Government Information Public Access Act 2009 (GIPA Act). If you require further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 8408 1111.