2017 Garden Awards

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Celebrating gardens throughout the Shire.  The 2017 Colac Otway Shire Garden Awards rewards residents and businesses for the care and attention they show to their gardens.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Colac Otway Shire Garden Awards. 

Categories include:

  • Best Heritage Garden
  • Best Coastal Garden
  • Best Native Garden
  • Best Sustainable Garden
  • Best Edible Garden

All categories are open for all houses throughout the Shire. 


All gardens will be judged according to the following:

  • Presentation, general layout and design;
  • Plantings - use of colour, form and composition, variety and reputation, year round interest;
  • Environmental consideration - reduced water use, moisture retention strategies, recycling, reuse, minimal pesticide and chemical use and plants election;
  • Natural environment - encouraging wildlife (provide a habitat or food source for local native fauna), use of native and local plant species and free of declared or environmental weeds;
  • Creativity, innovation and passion - is the garden creative, innovative or original, does it reflect the effort, enthusiasm and knowledge of the gardeners.

Applications open on Monday 16 October and close on Friday 10 November 2017. UPDATE - Closing date has been extended until Friday 17 November 2017.