Winners and Open Gardens Winners and Open Gardens

THE Inaugural Somerset Garden Competition has been a huge success with 22 fantastic gardens entered.

Somerset Regional Council organised the competition and Searles, the leading market innovator in the home garden industry, sponsored the competition and associated open gardens program.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was fantastic that so many residents entered the competition.

“These green-thumbed residents are making our region an even more aesthetically pleasing place to live. I admire their dedication and commend their efforts,” Cr Lehmann said.

“On behalf of Council I thank everyone who entered the competition and who will have their gardens open to the public over the next two weekends in October.”

The 2017 Somerset Garden Winners are:

Best Rural Garden

Mary and Leofric North

865 Wivenhoe-Somerset Road, Splityard Creek

Best Urban Garden

Doreen O’Connor

8 Victoria Street, Toogoolawah

Best Business/Community Group Garden

Esk Caravan Park (Jackie Lawson)

26 Hassall Street, Esk

Cr Lehmann congratulated the winners and thanked them for the incredible amount of time, effort, money and overall thought put into their gardens.

“I would also like to say a special thank you to the three garden judges who had the hard task of scoring all the beautiful gardens.”

Winners of each of the categories; Best Rural Garden, Best Urban Garden and Best Business/Community Group will each receive a $500 cash prize and a signature prize pack from Searles valued at $100.

As an added bonus, all entrants received a Searles Garden Product Prize Pack and a Somerset Regional Council prize pack.

All 22 gardens entered into the competition will be open to the public between 8am to 4pm on Saturday, 21 October and Sunday, 22 October and again the following weekend on Saturday, 28 October and Sunday, 29 October.

A full list of open garden addresses is available on Council’s website: