Prize winning gardens show city pride

7 October 2016


A tropical Guanaba garden has taken out first prize in the Mayor’s 2016 Garden Competition.

John Chapman and Rodney Surawski took out the major prize from a field of 195 entrants with their lush and inviting garden.

First prize in the small garden category went to Debbie Royal of Ashmore.

Mayor Tom Tate said the number and quality of entries submitted demonstrated the level of community pride in the city. 

“The entries also reflected how much we cherish our outdoor lifestyle and our natural environment,” he said. “While the city’s booming, the city’s also blooming! There are certainly plenty of talented green thumbs out there and I congratulate everyone on their excellent gardening efforts.”

The judges were Kate Heffernan, founder of Friends of the Botanic Garden; and Phil Dudman, Horticultural Editor of ABC Gardening Australia magazine.

“Rodney and John’s garden had an impressive design with a dominant theme throughout...with contrasting foliage plants providing strong focal points,” Ms Heffernan said.

“From every angle, Rodney and John’s garden draws you in, tempting you to peak around the corner to explore this lovely parkland garden,” said Mr Dudman.

John and Rodney’s 2.8 hectare property was a cow paddock covered in lantana 26 years ago.

“John needs to take all the credit – he is the real gardener – I just buy the plants!” said Mr Surawski.

The first prize residential winner received a $500 Bunnings voucher and the small garden winner received a $250 Bunnings voucher.

In the residential garden category, second place went to Margaret Petch of Runaway Bay and third place to Christopher Low, of Upper Coomera.

In the small garden category, second place went to Gillian Balding of Elanora and third place to Cheree Duncanson of Burleigh Waters.

The winning garden will host a free open day to the public on Sunday 30 October from 10am to 2pm.

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