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Lettuce know who the winners are

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s (CCRC) Tropical Garden Challenge has come to an end with a Mission Beach couple taking out the grand prize.

Frederick and Helen Vincent of South Mission Beach took home the perpetual Rose Lyat Trophy and the best Home Garden (Residential) for this year.

Judge of the Tropical Garden Challenge Jenny Boyge said the Vincent’s garden really stood out because of its colour and attention to their detail.  Their combination of Australian Natives and exotics created a peaceful and colour environment to perfect to relax in..

“We were absolutely blown away by their gardens,” said Mrs Boyge.

“You can tell they have put a lot of time and effort into them, and it shows they really have a passion for gardening.”

Helen Vincent said they were taken by surprise when they were announced as the winners. 

“Thank you to Council who put this challenge on every year – it truly is a great thing,” said Mrs Vincent.

“There are a lot of people in the Cassowary Coast that have beautiful gardens so we were really surprised when we got named the champions.”

This year there were 10 different categories Cassowary Coast residents could enter. The best school garden went to Mission Beach State School.

Goondi State School received an excellence award for their year 1 Vegetable Garden and Tully State School an encouragement award.

Council will host another garden challenge mid next year.




Tropical Garden Challenge 2018 - Awards (Medals)
1. Home Garden (Residential) – Frederick and Helen Vincent
2. New Home Garden (Residential) – John and Gillian Gray
3. Home Garden (Rural) – Phillip Pearce
4. Pensioner’s Garden – Frank and Ellen Norman
5. Front Garden – Albert and Dolly Veneran
6. Outdoor Living Area – Susan Fairbairn
7. Edible Garden (Vegetable/Herb/Fruit) - Dennis Bosnich
8. Commercial Garden - Banfield Plaza
9. Tourist Accommodation – Wongalinga Apartments
10. Caravan Park - Big 4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park
11. School Garden - Mission Beach State School
12. Judges Award – Flying Fish Point Tourist Park
13. Passionate Gardeners of the Cassowary Coast – Gene Shepherd and Debra Kerridge

Certificates for the following
1. Excellence award / Vegetable Garden – Goondi State School Year 1 class 2018
2. Excellence award Home Garden Residential - Renate Klein and Susan Hawthorne
3. School Garden Encouragement award – Tully State School

Champion Garden - Rose Lyat Trophy perpetual trophy
1. Frederick and Helen Vincent