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Green thumbs open gardens following annual competition

AWARD-WINNING gardens across Somerset will be celebrated next weekend.

Published: October 18th 2019

AWARD-WINNING gardens across Somerset will be celebrated next weekend.

Entrants in the third annual Somerset Garden Competition are scheduled to open their properties from 9am to 2pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday, 27 October.

Somerset Regional Council and Searles once again partnered to present the event, with major categories for Best Rural Garden, Best Business/Community Group Garden and Best Urban Garden.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said community interest in the competition was strong despite the ongoing drought.

“Given the hot and dry conditions, it was great to receive so many high-quality entries. In fact, we enjoyed an increase on last year’s event,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Our major winners were Shelley Pedersen for Best Rural Garden, West Moreton Landcare for Best Business/Community Group Garden, and Heather Shelton for Best Urban Garden.

“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to maintain an award-winning garden, and I encourage locals and visitors alike to get out and about next weekend and see what Somerset green thumbs have to offer.

“The competition wouldn’t be possible without the support of Searles, along with local gardening enthusiast Di McCauley, sponsor of the runner-up and bonus categories.”


Major category winners:

  • 85 Forbes Drive, Sandy Creek Road, Kilcoy (Best Rural Garden)
  • Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, Lowood Section (Best Business/Community Group Garden)
  • 36 Ethel Street, Kilcoy (Best Urban Garden)


Major category runners-up:

  • 1051 Mount Kilcoy Road, Kilcoy (Best Rural Garden)
  • 16 Hassall Street, Esk (Best Business/Community Group Garden)
  • 12 Sandpiper Drive, Lowood (Best Urban Garden)


Bonus category winners:

  • 8 Osmund Court, Fernvale (Best Water Wise Garden)
  • Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, Lowood (Best Native Garden)
  • 8 Osmund Court, Fernvale (Best Edible Garden)
  • 65 Fielding Road, Vernor (Best Children’s Garden)


But wait, there’s more:

  • 79 Grays Road, Royston
  • 4 Rose Street, Kilcoy
  • 822 Kangaroo Creek, Harlin
  • 307 Silverleaves Road, Mount Beppo
  • 10 Edward Street, Esk
  • 149 Windsor Drive, Mount Hallen
  • 10 Peregrine Drive, Lowood
  • 122 Rose Avenue, Minden
  • 52 Taylor Street, Kilcoy
  • 66 O’Reillys Weir road, Lowood
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