City of Subiaco’s Sustainable Verge And Garden Award 2014

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Entries are now open to all green thumbed Subiaco businesses, schools and individuals for the City of Subiaco’s Sustainable Verge and Garden Award 2014.

The city’s Sustainable Verge and Garden Award, which is now in its sixth year, celebrates verges, gardens and horticultural features that add to the aesthetic presentation of streetscapes, help strengthen green corridors, and contain elements that contribute to sustainable living practices.

City of Subiaco CEO Stephen Tindale said the city was particularly encouraging local businesses to enter this year.

“The city is aware that a lot of businesses do not have the space for extensive gardens, however, waterwise initiatives such as potted plant displays and native plantings, as well as horticultural features including well maintained trees or hedges, indoor gardens and green walls, are all elements that would be considered during judging.”

“Many businesses have a strong focus on water efficiency as part of their corporate sustainability and the awards are a great opportunity for their efforts to be recognised in the community.”

Judging will take place in late October and award recipients will be announced in the first week of November.

Nominations are invited across four award categories:

• Residential verge award – for waterwise or edible verge developments that comply with the guidelines outlined in the city’s verge policy.

• Residential garden award – open to privately owned residential gardens that have street frontage visible to the community.

• Business award – for verge developments, private gardens or greening initiatives within the business premises that provide for staff and customer enjoyment.

• School award – open to primary and secondary schools, for verge developments and gardens or greening initiatives within school grounds.

Download the 2014 Sustainable Verge and Garden Award poster (PDF, 1.31MB)

Terms and Conditions

  • Verges and gardens must be within the city’s boundaries.
  • Nominations may be made by the property owner or occupant, any person who feels the verge or garden is worthy of nomination, or a council staff member.
  • Finalists must allow judges to view the verge or garden and take photographs.
  • A small sign will be placed at the nominated property for a maximum of six weeks to increase public awareness of the nomination.
  • A small sign will be placed on finalists’ property for a maximum of two weeks.

Submitting A Nomination

Nominations for the 2014 award open Monday 15 September and close Friday 10 October.


The panel of judges comprises the mayor, two elected members and two community representatives from the city’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. Judging is based on the criteria outlined in each of the nomination forms, as summarised below:

Waterwise strategies Features may include minimum or permeable paving to maximise stormwater infiltration, waterwise plants, greywater, subsurface or drip irrigation, and the use of mulch.
Biodiversity Features may include local native plants, year-round flowering to create a food source for native fauna, and a variety of plant structures to create a diversity of habitat for native fauna.
Edible elements Features may include fruit trees, vines, vegetable patches, bush tucker or herbs.
Fauna habitat Features may include frog ponds, large mature trees, tree hollows, nest boxes, rock gardens, bird baths or fallen logs.
Design and general layout Features may include the use of deciduous trees for passive solar design, windbreaks, solar lights, sculpture or artistic elements and attractive landscape design.
Maintenance and condition of plants Well maintained and healthy plants, lack of weeds and rubbish.
Special features Any unusual environmental aspects of the verge or garden that make it unique.

One or more of these suggested features must be demonstrated to the judging panel.


Nominees will be contacted by council staff. The judging panel will review nominations and select finalists, who will be notified by mail and invited to attend an award presentation.

Award winners share in a total prize pool of gift certificates to the value of $2000 and receive a certificate of appreciation.

Prize-winning gardens are photographed and may be featured on the city’s website or publications.

Information from: Subiaco Council
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