SJ Garden Competition 

The SJ Garden Competition will return in 2023.  Why not start preparing your garden now?

The SJ Garden Competition aims to recognise the great gardens we have within our Shire including suburban, rural and commercial gardens.

The competition is for front gardens only (the area between the residence and the road, with an emphasis on inclusion of the verge in the overall design).  Presence of a street tree will be favourably considered.

Winners of each category will receive a prize in the form of a voucher worth $200 to a local garden centre.  


The winners of the awards for each category cannot win the same category prize for two consecutive years.  Previous winners are encouraged to enter in an alternative category.

  • 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.

  • Edible Garden: An edible garden includes mostly edible plants, which may include vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees.  Additional features that may be included in an edible garden are soil enriched by organic matter and recycling of plant waste via compost, worm farms or other methods.

  • Commercial Garden: A commercial garden is on the frontage of a business or commercial property, rather than a residence as for the other categories.  A commercial garden may contain any of the features of the other categories.
  • Rural Garden: Gardens in any area may be entered in the above five categories, while this category is specifically for rural gardens that may not fit into another category.  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.


The SJ Garden Competition will return in 2023.

Check out our 2021 winners 

The glamorous gardens of Serpentine Jarrahdale were on display for the 2021 SJ Garden Competition. Check out the winners across our four categories in the video below.

Watch on YouTube.

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 SJ 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.

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 the Shire 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 Shire 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 the due date. Application forms will be made available from Council’s website and from the Council offices and may be submitted by email or in person.

Entry to the SJ Garden Competition is free.

Multiple category entries are not permitted.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-24

The SJ Garden Competition aligns with the following themes of our Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-24:

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