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SA Top Native Garden Award

published  First Published: 06/02/2010
Article written by: SA Government Press Release
Environment and Conservation Minister Jay Weatherill today announced the winners of the State Government’s Native Gardens Awards, which are part of the government’s push to raise awareness about plants suited to our climate and get more people planting native gardens.
“Entries for the public competition came in from across the State and I’m pleased to announce that Judy and Andrew Baghurst of Port Elliot have taken out the award for best home garden,” Mr Weatherill said.
The Baghursts’ house is nestled among South Australian pink flowering gums and golden wattles, bright yellow everlasting daisies, blue scaevola, bright pink grevillea and many other beautiful native plants. The garden also features a pond and bird baths.
The Baghursts have been avid Trees for Life growers and started their home garden in 2001 and Mrs Baghurst said gardening with native plants was something everyone can enjoy.
“The contrast in flowers and foliage is quite beautiful and altogether tending for this garden has been a most rewarding experience,” she said. “It is home now for many native birds and creatures that need a place of refuge. Our granddaughter Jemima loves playing in the garden and around the pond. The beautiful native grasses require no watering at all, which makes gardening even easier.”
Largs Bay Schools won the best school garden category with their Kuranye Metitya (Rainbow Serpent) Dreaming Garden. “Largs Bay’s Kuranye Metitya Dreaming Garden is a whole of school project that acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional land owners,” Mr Weatherill said. “The garden not only includes a wide range of local plants and survives mainly on rainfall – it also is used as an outdoor classroom and play area.”
The Native Garden Awards are a key community element of the State Government’s Native Garden Initiative, which also included the launch of a new section of the Botanic Gardens where people can see and learn about plants suited to the South Australian climate.
“The quality of entries to our Native Garden Awards certainly shows that South Australians have embraced native gardens and planting native plants,” Mr Weatherill said.
Other winners include the Arid Smart Garden in the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens at Port Augusta. The various winners will receive a range of prizes including garden furniture, nesting boxes, plants and books.
The full list of winners is available at www.environment.sa.gov.au/botanicgardens/programs/landscapes.


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