Mayor's Garden Competition


Entries now open

Entries for the 2021 Mayor’s Garden Competition are now open.

It’s that time of year again, where we celebrate our City’s keen and passionate gardeners. It’s pleasing to see the passion that people in our community have in establishing and caring for their beautiful gardens.

With gardeners across our city spending more time than ever at home in their gardens now is the perfect time to enter your garden into the competition.

The 2021 Mayor’s Garden Competition recognises local gardeners and encourages community interest in local gardens which enhances the presentation and liveability of our city.

Entries are now open in the following categories with prizes on offer:                                                              

  • Urban
    • Small or Courtyard (Smaller than 600m²)
    • Mid to large (larger than 600m²)
  • Rural
  • School
  • Community


Entry forms are available at our libraries, council offices and online.

Entry form

Judging will take place between 11th-15th October.

Each entry will be judged on the following items:

  • First impressions
  • Design
  • Maintenance
  • Sustainability

Entries close on the 17th September.

Presentations Due to COVID-19 restrictions, details of the presentation will be advised to nominees closer to the date.

For further information please contact Civic Governance on 8384 0666 or


Conditions of entry

  • The garden must be located within the City of Onkaparinga.
  • An entry form together with a photograph (electronic or hard copy) of your garden must be submitted.
  • The garden must be accessible to the judging panel.
  • One entry per address, one category per nomination. However, the judges reserve the right to change the category of an entry at their discretion.
  • The judging panel consists of City of Onkaparinga Elected Members and staff.
  • Judges decision is final.


Hall of Fame

Gardens that have received a Mayors Garden Competition award twice are automatically entered into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees are still eligible to participate in the Mayors Garden Competition but are ineligible to receive an award. All Hall of Fame gardens receive a certificate of recognition and will be featured on our website.

The following are award recipients for the 2020:

  • Best Urban Garden: Dee Jones
  • Best Community Garden: The Big Backyard Garden
  • Best Courtyard Garden: Melanie and Ben Volkmann
  • Best School Garden: Willunga High School
  • Best Rural Garden: Irene Moon


2019 recipients

  • Best Residential Garden: Mark Staniforth
  • Best Community Garden: Elizabeth House Positive Ageing Centre
  • Best Edible Community Garden: Aldinga Community Centre
  • Best School Garden: Pimpala Primary School
  • Best Edible School Garden: Clarendon Primary School

2018 recipients

  • Open School: Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale
  • Edible Garden: Individual: Andrew Hickman of Aldinga Beach
  • Edible Garden - School and Hall of Fame Entrant: O’Sullivan Beach School
  • Rural: Robert Laffer of McLaren Vale
  • Encouragement Award: Craigburn Primary School
  • Encouragement Award: Clarendon Primary School

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2017 recipients

  • Highly Commended:  Rachel McMillian of Aldinga
  • Edible Garden - School:  Christies Beach High School – Bush Tucker
  • Edible Garden – School: Pimpala Primary School, Morphett Vale
  • Edible Garden – Individual: Debbie Butler of Aldinga Beach
  • Edible Garden – Individual: Michele Jarldorn of Happy Valley
  • Open Residential Verge:  Diana Paolo of Happy Valley
  • Open Residential: Jane Baddock of Port Willunga
  • Courtyard: Fenna Petit of Christie Downs
  • Rural: Louise Fuller and Della Rowley of Coromandel East
  • Hall of Fame Entrant:  Fenna Petit

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