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Community & Business

14 June, 2022

Calling all green thumbs

IT is said that the love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies and so it is for Mareeba’s Millie Bernardi who will again be showcasing her home garden as part of the Mareeba Rodeo and Agricultural Show annual garden awards next month.


Keen gardener Millie Bernardi will enter her garden and her new “Covid project” outdoor living area in the annual garden awards, with nominations now open.
Keen gardener Millie Bernardi will enter her garden and her new “Covid project” outdoor living area in the annual garden awards, with nominations now open.

Ms Bernardi has had success many times before, winning Champion Garden in 2019 as well as Best Town Garden, and with two years since the awards were held, she is looking forward to the 2022 competition. 

“We didn’t have the competition for the past two years because of Covid, but I think because all our nurseries stayed open during the pandemic, people were able to continue doing their gardening,” she said. 

This year, Ms Bernardi plans to enter in three categories – Front Garden, Town Garden and Outdoor Living Area in which she hopes her “Covid project” will thrill the judges. 

Nominations are now open for the 54th Garden Awards which feature various categories including

  • Rural Residential

  • Seniors Garden

  • New Garden

  • Vegetable Garden

  • Commercial Garden

  • Native Garden

  • Most Sustainable Garden

  • Facebook People’s Choice

  • Champion Garden

Schools can enter in their own category and an Encouragement Award will also be chosen. 

Cash prizes are on offer for each category, with the Champion Garden winner awarded $1000 in goods and a voucher plus a prestigious trophy to put in the trophy case at home. 

Entries close for the Garden Awards on 22 June, with judging to be undertaken from 27 June to 1 July. 

The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony at the Bull Bar at Kerribee Park on Monday 4 July. 

For entry forms and more information, go towww.mareebarodeo.com.au/garden-awards

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