SJ Garden Competition 2020

Winners have been announced! Watch the video below. The competition will return in 2021.

2020 SJ Garden Competition Awards Presentation

Watch on YouTube.


The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is excited to be holding the first SJ Garden Competition to recognise the great home gardens we have within our Shire both rural and suburban across four categories.

The Shire wants to recognise those already beautiful gardens and encourage others to head outdoors and beautify their own spaces.

Eligible gardens will consist of the front garden (the area between a residence and the road), with an emphasis on inclusion of the verge in the general design. Presence of a street tree will be viewed favourably, as street trees provide many benefits to the community as a whole.  The benefits provided by trees include cooling the surrounding area, contributing to an attractive streetscape, reducing energy consumption, promoting a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and increasing property values.

There are four categories, as listed below. The first three categories are open to gardens in any area but are particularly suited to urban gardens, while the fourth is specifically for rural or semi-rural areas.

The winner of each category will be awarded a garden voucher valued at $200 sponsored by local gardening businesses, Australian Native Nursery, Forestvale Trees and Mundijong Garden Supplies and Hire. 


  • Native Garden:  A native garden includes mostly native plants, with an emphasis on local native plants, has a more natural, bushland feel, and requires little water.  Additional features that may be included in a native garden are organic mulch, minimisation of lawn, and a water-wise irrigation system if required.
  • Waterwise Garden: A waterwise garden has plants that require little water, which are mostly not native, may have a natural or formal design, and requires little water. Additional features that may be included in a waterwise garden are mulch, minimisation of lawn, and a water-wise irrigation system if required.
  • Traditional Garden: A traditional garden includes mostly typical “garden” plants, which may be chosen for foliage, structure or flowers, and may have a natural or formal design.
  • Rural Garden: While gardens in any area may be entered in the above three categories, they are more suitable for urban gardens.  A rural garden may have a completely different design and feel to an urban garden, and this category recognises this distinction.  A rural garden has a longer frontage and is on a property greater than 2000 square metres (half an acre), with a more rural and often less formal design.

Further information

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must reside in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Only one application will be accepted per individual. Applications may be made by landholders or by others, with the permission of the landholder.

Applications not considered eligible for the Garden Competition include:

  • Gardens belonging to Selection Panel members, Sponsors, Elected Members, Council Staff or their immediate families
  • Gardens which are nominated, but whose owner does not wish to participate in the competition

Judging criteria

Gardens will be judged by the Selection Panel on the basis of:

  • Overall design
  • Maintenance
  • Plantings
  • Originality and creativity
  • Category specific criteria

Selection Panel

Final judging will be carried out by a formal Selection Panel, consisting of:

  • An Elected Member
  • A community representative
  • A Council Staff member

The Selection Panel will nominate winners based on the eligibility and judging criteria.

Terms and Conditions

All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Selection Panel, whose decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winners of the awards for each category cannot win the same category prize for two consecutive years. Council reserves the right to judge a garden in a different category to the one nominated where appropriate.

First prize will be awarded for each category. A certificate will be presented to all who enter. The prize will be a voucher valued at $200. The Shire reserves the right to not award a prize in a category if there are insufficient entries

Garden owners agree to allow their gardens to be photographed by a nominated person from the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. Photographs may be reproduced in Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale promotional material to be used by Council at its discretion.

If requested, a successful applicant will also be available or willing to make a representative available for publicity purposes either in the local media or in a Council publication or other promotional material.

By entering the competition, applicants agree to allow the Selection Panel access to view their garden during business hours, upon appointment. Applicants are encouraged but not required to be present during judging. The Selection Panel may ask the applicant some basic questions about their garden and gardening practices.

Applicants will be required to submit a completed Garden Competition Application Form by 5pm, 4 September 2020. Application forms will be made available from Council’s website and from the Council offices and may be submitted by electronically or in person.

Entry to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Garden Competition is free.

Multiple category entries are not permitted.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-24

This competition is greatly supported by our Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-24, which in turn reflects all 3 themes:

  • Growing healthy and active lifestyles together
  • Growing connected and inclusive communities together
  • Growing safe and sustainable environments together