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.