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  • Subject: [cg] Community gardens win prize in Australia
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 20:40:06 -0800 (PST)

Manning River Times, New South Wales, Australia

Community gardens win prize in Australia

State winners
Wednesday, 5 January 2005

[Poster's note: Now here's a fair dinkum role model
for North Americans. Note sustainable techniques and
native plants).

SPOTTED Gums Community Garden, Bushland Drive, Taree
has been named the State winner in the Community
Garden non-produce category of the 2004 NSW Department
of Housing's Green Thumb gardening competition. 

The award was presented by the parliamentary secretary
for housing, Tony Stewart, at an awards ceremony at
the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. 

Those involved with the garden gathered with
representatives of the Department of Housing to
celebrate with a picnic lunch.

This is the second time Spotted Gums has won a State
award in the department's Green Thumb gardening

The theme of this year's competition was sustainable
gardening practices and judges rewarded entrants for
demonstrating good water saving techniques, including
under-mulch hose systems, use of native plants, and
recycling of rain and shower water for the garden.

The Department of Housing's deputy director-general,
Mike Allen, said that all State and divisional winners
should be congratulated on their magnificent gardens,
especially given the dry conditions experienced across
the State.

"The department is very impressed by the number of
people who take pride in their outdoor environments,
and the way communities have come together during the
competition to work on their gardens," Mr Allen said.

The Tenant Garden Group in Taree meets regularly to
maintain the garden, and is proud of their State
award. Spotted Gums was started a bit before 2002 -
prior to that it was a cattle holding yard and later a
place to dump cars.

"This garden has provided a wonderful outdoor space
for residents to learn gardening techniques, and grow
plant life in their own environment," Mr Allen said.

Judging panels comprised of Department of Housing
staff, senior horticulturists from the Botanic Gardens
Trust and independent judges with horticultural
expertise. Judges were impressed by the quality of
gardens they viewed, and the enthusiasm shown by

The Green Thumb gardening competition has grown out of
the success of the Community Greening program, a joint
initiative between the NSW Department of Housing and
the Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, helping to develop
gardens in public housing areas and other communities
across NSW. Since the program's launch, around 70
community gardens have been set up around NSW. The
program aims to unite communities through the common
goal of gardening and has helped to green and renew
urban areas of previously under utilised land.

It teaches young and old about environmentally
friendly gardening practices, the value of the natural
environment and also about different cultures through
plants and food. Community gardens can also provide a
good source of nutritious and fresh food and
participants enjoy a great form of exercise.

The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of ACGA's services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to find out how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org

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