Garden pride on show in our 'burbs

From street verges overflowing with flowering natives, to edible gardens and those grown entirely from cuttings, Cockburn’s garden-loving community got behind the City of Cockburn’s inaugural spring garden competition.
More than 50 residents from 17 of Cockburn’s 23 suburbs entered the Beautify Your Garden photo competition with first, second and third prizes going to home gardeners John from Coogee, Brad from Atwell and Linda from North Coogee.
They received $300, $200 and $100 Bunnings vouchers respectively, to continue the beautification of their front gardens, balconies and verges, in an effort that adds to the pride already being experienced in their street, suburb and city.
City of Cockburn Community Development Officer Keely Robertson said the photo competition had proven very popular, with many entrants demonstrating obvious pride in their community and suburban neighbourhoods.
“After receiving such an enthusiastic response, we are already planning next year’s competition, which we hope will be even bigger and better,” Ms Robertson said.
“Our first-place winner, John, was so pleased to win despite having recently dug out the lemon tree in his front garden and donating it to the Coogee community garden.
“Our second placegetter, Brad from Atwell, loves providing a communal vegie patch for his street while Linda in third place shows just how easy starting a garden can be, using cuttings from family and friends to build a beautiful haven for local birdlife, and helping keep our suburbs cool.”
Apart from the three major voucher prizes, every entrant qualified for a prize, with a stash of gardening giveaways available on a first-come, first-served basis at the City’s Administration Centre.
To help local residents reduce water use in the garden, the City also offers rebates to create a native plants waterwise verge. More information is available on the City’s website.
The City also encourages locals to establish sustainable gardens, with tips available on the City’s website.

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