The best gardens have been decided in what was some tough competition as part of this year’s 2018 Livingstone Lifestyle and Garden Competition.
Over 45 entries were put forward from local residents showcasing their unique garden creations, attracting some brilliant and innovative outdoor ideas across eight different categories.
The winners were officially announced on Friday night in a ceremony at Yeppoon Town Hall, where Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton presented the winners with more than $5,000 in prizes and vouchers.
Glenys Benson was awarded the title of Grand Champion, with Reserve Champion presented to Philip McDonald.
Cr Hutton commended and thanked every resident, community group and school for putting forward their fantastic garden displays.
“Council appreciates and values the high level of care and work these people have put into beautifying and cultivating their gardens, and showcasing them as part of the competition,” Cr Hutton said.
“The judges viewed not only beautifully presented gardens in different localities across our region, but gardens that featured native plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as gardens with low water requirements or those that attract native wildlife and insects.”
In the newest category to be added this year, Kathryn Webb won Best Use of Recyclable/Reusable Items, for her excellent use of recycled material through most of her garden, including building her fence, retaining wall and pergola area.
Council would like to thank all the great sponsors and supporters of the competition including Major Sponsor Capricorn Coast Sand & Soil, Picko’s Plants, Capricorn Coast Mirror, JRT Group, Tanby Garden Centre, Tom Wyatt Nursery, Office Smart, LSC Nursery, Lifestyle Landscaping and Yeppoon Iron’s Hardware & Timber Mitre 10 and Triple M Central Queensland.
List of winners for each category:
• Best Edible Garden – Ron and Carol Robinson
• Best Use of Native Plants – Glenys Benson
• Best Community/Corporate or School Garden – Emu Park Men’s Shed
• Best Novice Garden under 12 months – Philip McDonald
• Best Lifestyle Garden – Catherine Horn
• Best Colour Garden – Glenys Benson
• Best Senior/Pensioner’s Garden – Karl Greiss
• Best Use of Recyclable/Reusable Item – Kathryn Webb