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October 10, 2019 - 2019 Tropical Garden Challenge Award Presentations

Gardeners from across the Cassowary Coast were today recognised in the annual Tropical Garden Challenge Awards Presentations held at Warrina Lakes Botanical Gardens.
This Cassowary Coast Regional Council event, celebrates the diverse and magnificent gardens from across the region.  
Cr Jeff Baines, Chair of the Governance and Environment Committee said, “Once again I am blown away by the quality of entrants and gardens in the Cassowary Coast.  Special mention of course to the winners, who made the judges jobs almost impossible again this year”.
Cr Mark Nolan the Chair of the Community and Customer committee said “From a person who kills everything in the garden that I touch, I take my hat off to this year’s winners and nominees.  From a brown thumb, to the green thumbs I applaud you.  
“The garden in my family is definitely due to my better half – my wife (aka the Minister for Finance),” Cr Nolan joked. 
The winners are:
Home Garden Residential - award to Kerry Dittman 
Home Garden Residential (New Garden under 2 years old) – award to Michele Hearn  
Home Garden Rural – award to Pat & Titty Pensini  
Pensioner Garden Residential – award to Rick and Helen Vincent
Pensioner Garden unit – award to Jan Collins  
Pensioner Garden Residential – highly commended – Jan Ferguson
Pensioner Garden Unit - highly commended – Ian Wilkinson
Front Garden – award to Annette Caltabiano   
Outdoor Living – award to Lauren Thorpe  
Commercial Garden – award to Banfield Plaza 
Tourist Accommodation – award to Wongalinga Apartments 
Edible Garden (vegetable/herbs/fruit) – award to Lido & Wilma Tomasin  
School Garden – award to Mission Beach State School  
School Garden – Young Gardeners Award – Flying Fish Point State School
School Garden – Best Garden Activity Area – Tully Community Preschool & Kindergarten 
School Garden – encouragement award to Feluga State School  
Best Art in a Garden – award to Angela and Baden Chapman   
Passionate Gardeners of the Cassowary Coast - Renate Klein, Susan Hawthorne, Michele Hearn  
Judges Award – Gene Shepherd and Debra Kerridge 
Champion Garden – winner of Rose Layt Memorial Trophy  -  Pat & Titty Pensini   

Thank you to judge Jenny Boyge.