Garden Competition and Open Day

Next date: Sunday, 22 September 2024 | 10:00 AM

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The Rotary Club of Hunters Hill in partnership with the Hunter's Hill Council is continuing the Hunters Hill Spring Garden Competition in 2024, which is this year proudly sponsored by Tracey Dixon and Matthew Ward from McGrath Hunters Hill.

This popular event will now become an annual celebration, aimed at encouraging local garden enthusiasts to showcase their skills and creativity.

The competition offers residents and families a unique opportunity to display their gardening talents and hard work, both in public and private spaces and help raise funds for the maintenance of the historic Hillman Orchard, located beside Vienna Cottage in Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill.

Competition entries are now open and close on Saturday 14 September 2024.

Register now

For more details, please see the sections below.

This page will be updated as the competition progresses.

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Competition categories

There will be six (6) categories within the competition.

  • Overall Best Garden:

(a) The majority of which is Individually Maintained

(b) The majority of which is Professionally Maintained

  • Best small balcony and courtyard garden: This is using ornaments, pots, planter boxes with walled gardens etc.
  • Best native inspired ‘habitat-friendly’ garden: This is with Australian natives and habitat elements to encourage native fauna such as birds, lizards, possums and insects.
  • Best streetscape garden: A garden area adjacent to the street which may include the entry gate or pathway leading to the front door of the residence.
  • Best beautified or maintained public space: We encourage local pre schools, primary schools and high schools where students and teachers have worked together to enter this category. This could also be a contribution made by a group of volunteers at a recognised bushcare site or where local community organisations have worked together to utilise garden space and improve and beautify the amenity.

Competition entry

Register now

Entries are FREE to all residents living within the Hunters Hill municipality.

Entrants are invited to collect up to one trailer full of FREE MULCH from the former Council depot site on D'Aram St, Hunters Hill. Please email Hugh Peebles at to confirm collection and provide proof of entry to the competition.

Key dates

Competition entries will close on Saturday 14 September 2024. 

Judging will take place from Monday 16 September with an open day on Sunday 22 September thereafter where residents will be invited to view winning gardens as well other beautiful gardens in the suburb not entered in the competition.


Judging will take place from Monday 16 September until Wednesday 18 September 2024.

All entries will be judged by a panel of professional gardeners and horticulturists based on three main factors:

  • Maintenance - covering well presented lawns and clipped scrubs, considered water usage and overall attention to detail.
  • Design - covering aspects such as layout, colour, use of line, form, texture and plant use.
  • Intent - which is the active participation of the entrant, level of knowledge and enthusiasm and extent of third party assistance.

Winning entries

Winners will be announced following the judging and prizes at a awards evening on Friday 20 September 2024.

Winning entries will have their garden photos posted on the Hunter's Hill Council website.

Open Day

Following the Hunters Hill Spring Garden Competition awards evening, the Open Day will take place on Sunday 22 September 2024 from 10am, commencing at the Hunters Hill Town Hall Forecourt.

Tickets to view the open gardens can be purchased at $30 per person. Wristbands will be issued to all ticket holders to ensure entry in all gardens. For those who have pre-purchased tickets online, they must register at the Town Hall Forecourt to receive their wristbands.

The Open Day will showcase the winning entries as well other iconic gardens in the suburb not entered in the competition.

Online tickets for the Open Garden Day will be available soon.

Sponsors, donations and fundraising

Sponsors wishing to be involved in supporting the competition are welcome and all funds raised during the competition will be dedicated to the maintenance of the ‘Hillman Orchard’ located behind historic Vienna Cottage, at 38 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill.

The funds are to restore and provide for ongoing maintenance in order to retain a vital and welcome space for the community and complementing the National Trust listed heritage Vienna Cottage.

Enquiries should be directed to Hunter's Hill Council Communications Team via phone 9879 9400.

Further enquiries

Hunter's Hill Council, contact:


Phone: (02) 9879 9400


  • Sunday, 22 September 2024 | 10:00 AM


Commencing from the Hunters Hill Town Hall Forecourt

22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill, 2110, View Map

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