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8 October, 2021

Tropical Garden Paradise

THE green thumbs of the region have been uncovered in the Tropical Garden Challenge with the winners awarded at a presentation at Warrina Lakes, this week.

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council Garden Challenge recognises the diverse range of gardens in the region with winners showing off their skills across 12 categories including, Best Home Garden for rural and residential, Tourist Accommodation, Commercial Garden and a new category for Art in Garden.

The Champion Garden, winner of The Rose Layt Memorial Trophy was awarded to Joey and Jeanette Pizzino with a number of impressive and new entrants across the twelve categories.

Councillor Trudy Tschui portfolio holder for Community and Culture said the quality of flourishing gardens around the region is something to be celebrated for both winners and nominees.

“It’s wonderful to see the pride which entrants have placed in adding to the beauty of the Cassowary Coast region with their gardens.

“I want to thank those entrants of this year’s competition and encourage other community members to get involved for next year,” said Councillor Tschui.

Winners of the 2021 Tropical Garden Challenge
by category:

● Best Home Garden (Residential) – Skye and Raoul Rodriguez

● Best Home Garden (Rural) – Gene Shepherd and Debra Kerridge

● New Home Garden – Karen and Gary Whittley

● Pensioner Garden – Joey and Jeanette Pizzino

● Front Garden – Kerry Dittman

● Outdoor Living Are – Johnstone River Community Gardens

● Art in Garden – Gene Shepherd and Debra Kerridge

● Commercial Garden – Banfield Plaza

● Tourist Accommodation Garden – Licuala Lodge

● Kitchen or Edible Garden – Upper Murray State School

● School Garden – Mission Beach State School

● Judges Award – Tina Haywood and Jason Dunne

● Champion Garden – Joey and Jeanette Pizzino

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