The Sydney Hills Garden Competition 2023 - Awards Night

Sydney Hills Gardening Competition 2023-

An Orange Blossom Event

Awards Event and Results




The first Garden competition ran in 1959 as the brainchild of Councillor Eric Mobbs. It became the forerunner of the Orange Blossom Festival, so has a significant place in the cultural history of “The Garden Shire” and continues to be supported by The Hills Shire Council as part of that Festival.

Thank you to all the gardeners who entered this year`s competition and to our judges and sponsors without whom the competition would not happen.  


 The culmination of the competition was the Awards Presentation night held at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground on the 22nd September. This event was well attended by over 100  entrants, supporters, dignitaries, judges and the organisers. We thank the Hon Mark Hodges MP member for Castle Hill, The Hills Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi and Hills Shire Deputy Mayor Mitchell Blue for attending the event and their remarks and their assistance with the Prize giving. We also thank our judges, Ross Miller and Chris Brown for not only judging the competition but giving us their insights into their impressions of the gardens.   

Awards were presented to the first three place-getters in each category and these are detailed in the results summary below. Following this two special awards were presented being: 


George Mobbs Award for Excellence in Gardening-  Danuta Szczypior(presented by George Mobbs grand-daughter, Felicity McCaffrey))

Champion of Champions-  Paul and Margaret Gaudry Presented by  Ross Miller)

Other Results:





1A ( 4 )

Small Residential Garden Owner Maintained



Danuta Szczypior


Valentino Bombardiere


Greg Silcock

1B ( 1 )

Large Residential Garden Owner Maintained



Jim Anderson





1C ( 2 )

Residential Garden Professionally Maintained


Paul & Margaret Gaudry


J & D Drummond


1D ( 8 )

Residential Front or Back Garden Owner Maintained


Danuta Szczypior


Jeff & Jennifer Depares


Neil Campton

2 ( 3 )

New Garden - Owner Maintained



Jeff & Jennifer Depares


Jenny St George


Barbara Horner

3 ( 3 )

Townhouse, Villa or Courtyard Garden Owner Maintained


Kay & Bob Smith


Ron Perrau


Terry Byrne

4A ( 7 ) Senior Citizen’s Entire Garden



Jim Anderson


Bob & Dot Butler


Valentino Bombardiere

4B ( 6 )

Senior Citizen’s

Front or Back Garden


Denis & Jennie Fleming



Ian & Diana Gilmour


Pauline Ryan

4C ( 4 )

Senior Citizen’s Townhouse or Courtyard Garden


Kay & Bob Smith


Ron Perrau


Dot Farlow

4D ( 21 )

Senior Citizen’s Garden in a Retirement complex


Jan Callagher


Ann & Bob Flegg


Suzanne Brown

5 ( 4 )

Strata or Community Title Property Professionally Maintained


Ridge, Bella Vista


The Pointe, Bella Vista


The Lakes, Bella Vista

6 ( 4 )

Good Neighbour Gardens




Bob & Dot Butler

Ray & Lisa Marshall

Aaron Kiddle

Bryce Florence


Barbara Amor

John Stunnell

Neil & Merran Manning

Susanne Waesch & Gary Wellard

Irene & Grant Fisher

Betty Murray

Hazell Mackness

Elwyn Harding



Judy Auerswald

Bill & Sandra Smith


7 A ( 5 )

Specialty Gardens and features



Living Choice Community & Vegetable Garden


Jenny St George


Denis & Jennie Fleming

7 B

Communal or Community Garden



Aminya Village


Endeavour Foundation


Community Environment Centre, Annangrove

7 C

Environmentally Friendly Garden


Community Environment Centre, Annangrove



8 ( 3 )

Industrial, Commercial or Institution Garden


Living Choice Glenhaven


The Willows Retirement Village


Mowll Village


Primary School Gardens Student Maintained


Kellyville Public School


Our Lady of The Angels Primary School



School Gardens Maintained by Staff







At the conclusion of the presentations  a  light supper was provided by the Inner Wheel Clubs of Baulkham Hills and Norwest, and we would thank the ladies from those Clubs for their efforts. This also provided a good opportunity for all those present to meet with old friends and new.

Our thanks to the generous sponsors of the event, including The Hills Shire Council, Plants Plus Nursery, West Pennant Hills. 

  The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville has had a long association with gardeners in The Hills, having run the Garden Competition since early 2000’s and the Hills Open Gardens. The Club proudly opened a Community Garden in March 2021 to mark the 100th year of Rotary in Australia. All the garden plots were quickly snapped up by keen gardeners and planting began. Within weeks it became a vegetable oasis amidst apartment blocks right in the centre of Baulkham Hills. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville established and built this garden for the community in conjunction with the Hills Shire Council. Other works of the Club include local community events and the raising of funds for numerous programs far and wide, from the Hills area to outback Australia to overseas communities with specific needs. To be part of an inspired group that are making a difference, contact the club through this website or Facebook page.