The Sustainable Verge and Garden Award, now in its sixth year, recognises local gardeners for their efforts in greening the environment and using sustainable gardening practices.
The winners in this year's awards have been announced, culminating in a ceremony held at the city’s Council Chambers on Thursday 30 October.
In the business category, Subiaco based technology business ProCad's garden was described by judges as ‘a clever use of space in a small urban business.’ Vegetables and herbs fill the planter at the front entrance to the shop and grapevines cascade from the second story, creating an edible screen and shading the car park.
Meanwhile, Annabelles Antiques in Shenton Park created a waterwise, rambling cottage style garden, ideally suited to match the antique business. Judges said the hardy and traditional species chosen soften the landscape and provide for an area of cool respite.
Judges were so impressed by both entries and their different approach to sustainable gardening, that they were awarded joint winners.
Jolimont Primary School took out the school category for their ‘living classroom’, which provides students with a hands-on learning experience, growing their own fresh produce. Raised garden beds were created using recycled apple crates from Donnybrook, whilst an orchard featuring banana plants and an ice cream bean tree was a feature of the garden.
The residential garden award went to 19 Waverley Street, Shenton Park. Their garden featured a range of native trees and understory species, using a contemporary design that was sympathetic to the heritage of the house and its modern extension.
The residential verge award was presented to 159 Stubbs Terrace, Daglish. The native verge has been converted from dead grass to a highly diverse native planting. The verge is renewed each year with the addition of new native plants, often of rare or uncommon species.
Additionally, the verge is waterwise, with no irrigation required, and provides a great variety of flowering plants to support local wildlife.
All up, a total prize pool worth $2000 was awarded to the winners in the form of gift vouchers, which can be spent at local businesses.
Congratulations to this year's winners and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry for this year's awards.