14 August, 2021
Community Connect: Calling all green thumbs
THE Cassowary Coast Tropical Garden Challenge is on again and avid gardeners are encouraged to get their nominations in.
Councillor and Community and Culture portfolio holder Trudy Tschui said gardens will be judged across twelve categories from home gardens through to school gardens.
“Prize winners receive small cash prizes and medals for category entries and the champion garden receives a perpetual trophy.
“The Tropical Garden Challenge is aimed to celebrate gardening and encourage people to share their gardens, rather than be just a competition.
“Beautiful gardens and greenery enhance the presentation and liveability of our region.
“It’s no secret that gardening holds many benefits. There are many benefits for not only humans, but also for our wildlife, such as bees.
“Bees perform invaluable functions in ecosystems by pollinating flowers- which helps plants reproduce.
“Join in the fun, share your inspirations and gardening stories and be eligible to win a category prize or the Champion Garden,” said Councillor Tschui.
Entries close Tuesday 24 August. Judging will be carried out from 31 August to 2 September 2021. Followed by an awards afternoon tea which will be held at Warrina Gardens in Innisfail, on a date
to be advised.
The categories are: home garden-residential, home garden-rural, new home garden under three years old, pensioner’s garden-residential, front garden, art in a garden, outdoor living area, kitchen garden-vegetable/herb/fruit, commercial garden, tourist accommodation, caravan park and school garden.
Entry forms are available from the Council Customer Service Centres in Innisfail and Tully, Libraries in Cardwell and Wongaling Beach or on Council website: