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Victoria in Bloom recognises and rewards the great work of gardening enthusiasts living in public or community housing.

It’s a way of saying thanks to tenants for their hard work to create and maintain amazing gardens that contribute to the communities they live in.

Tenants can enter all types of gardens - from balconies, to back yards and community gardens. No garden is too big or small.

There is no age limit either, with the Best Young Gardener category opening doors for under 25s who enjoy gardening or are thinking of a career in this field.

Victoria in Bloom recognises and rewards the great work of gardening enthusiasts living in public or community housing.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Victoria in Bloom Garden competition are open on Monday 2 September to 29 November 2019.

The award categories for 2019-20

  • Best Balcony or Container Garden
    Gardens that are on a balcony space or gardens made up of potted plants
  • Best Small Enclosed Garden
    Gardens that are enclosed, such as courtyards
  • Best Young Gardener (under 25)
    To enter this category, young gardeners must play an active role in gardening - either at home or in a community or school garden
  • Best Household Garden
    Front or back gardens that are larger than a courtyard
  • Best Sustainable Garden
    These gardens focus on being environmentally sustainable. They may include features like compost, water tanks, worm farms, mulch and drought-tolerant plants
  • Best Community or Common Area Garden
    These gardens are in common areas and shared by a group of people, meaning they can be accessed and used by all the residents on a property. They are often part of an apartment or unit complex
  • Best Edible Garden
    Gardens where most of the plants are fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • Best Creative Garden
    A garden that has been designed using creativity, uniqueness and self-expression
  • Best First Year Entered Garden
    Garden entered for the first time in the competition that is judged as best garden.

How do I enter?

To enter, once nominations are open, you need to register your garden by one of the following ways:

When you register you will need to tell us your:

  1. Name.
  2. Address.
  3. Email address (if you have one).
  4. Telephone number.
  5. The award category you would like to enter (you can enter your garden in the maximum of two categories).

If you would like to register your interest before nominations open, phone (03) 9096 9938

See our fact sheet for further information.

How is the competition judged?

We judge the competition in two stages – first by division (North, South, East and West) and then state wide. Winners in each division go on to be finalists in their category for the state-wide competition.

What does an award winning garden look like?

Have you ever wondered what makes an award winning garden?

Have a look at the community garden that earned Helen Rauschenbach the 2017-2018 Victoria in Bloom Gardener of the Year award. You can also read the video transcript (.docx).

Past winners

2018-2019 Victoria in Bloom award winners
  • Best Balcony Garden or Container Garden – Peter Fernando (Western Melbourne Area)
  • Best Small Enclosed Garden – Peter Harrison (Western Melbourne Area)
  • Best Household Garden – Debra Hanson (Malle Area)
  • Best Edible Garden – Barry and Janice Sharp (Inner Gippsland Area)
  • Best Sustainable Garden – Daniel Budge-Welsh (Barwon Area)
  • Best Community or Common Area Garden – Hamida Abdi (Western Melbourne Area)
  • Best Creative Garden – Neriman Ali (Southern Melbourne Area)
  • Best Young Gardener (under 25) – Maddelyn Keen (Goulburn Area)
  • Best First Year Entered Garden – Elizabeth O’Keeffe (Wimmera South West Area)

The Victoria in Bloom Gardener of the Year award was presented to 21 year old Daniel Budge-Welsh for his sustainable garden, which uses aquaculture and hydroponics as well as a worm farm.

2017-2018 Victoria in Bloom award winners
  • Best Balcony Garden  Andie Sweeney, Shepparton
  • Best Small Enclosed or Container Garden – Irene Mee, White Hills
  • Best Household Garden – Tom Cipriani, Shepparton
  • Best Edible Garden – Gary Pickett, Point Lonsdale
  • Best Sustainable Garden – Ron Cruse, Sea Lake
  • Best Common Area Garden – Helen Rauschenbach, Moyhu
  • Best Community Garden Plot – John Sharpe, Coburg
  • Best Young Gardener – Brock Van Duinen, Shepparton

The Gardener of the Year award winner was selected from the winners of the general award categories.

The 2017-2018 Victoria in Bloom Gardener of the Year is Helen Rauschenbach for her efforts creating a colourful and tranquil common area garden for local tenants to enjoy.