On Saturday 19 October, the green thumbs of Waterford came together to celebrate the launch of the inaugural Waterford Gardening Competition.

Maitland Mayor Cr Loretta Baker joined AVID Property Group’s (AVID) Community Development Officer Olivia Power to officially launch the competition in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Waterford Kitchen Garden from 10am.

The competition is open to all Waterford and Harvest residents and will be judged by a panel of celebrity adjudicators, including Maitland Mayor Cr Loretta Baker, Scott Sharpe of the City Gardener Radio Show and Sharpe’s Nursery, as well as Matthew Durning from RPS Landscaping.

Budding horticulturists will compete for gardening glory over six weeks, with the competition closing on Saturday 30 November. Winners will be judged across four categories, with a $1,000 travel voucher up for grabs. Categories include:

  1. Grand Champion – for best overall garden

          Prize: $1,000 travel voucher from Greenhills Travel Centre

  1. Lawn Champion – for best lawn

          Prize: $500 Bunnings Warehouse voucher

  1. Miracle Worker – for most improved garden

          Prize: $500 Bunnings Warehouse voucher

  1. Little Green Thumb – best gardener under 13 years

          Prize: Worm Farm valued at $100

AVID Property Group New South Wales Project Director Nathan Huon said the annual competition was designed to promote creativity amongst residents and foster community spirit.

“We are looking forward to launching the competition and recognising the green thumbs that live amongst us,” Mr Huon said

“The event is designed to celebrate the beautiful gardens in our communities and inspire creativity amongst our residents.

“Getting out in the garden is great for physical and mental health and can bring families together over a shared project.”

The inaugural Waterford Gardening Competition winners will be announced on Sunday 1 December at the Waterford Sales and Information Centre.

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