Spring is just around the corner so it's time for the green thumbs of Wollondilly to put on their gloves and get ready for the 2020 Wollondilly Spring Garden Competition.
The annual competition is one of the most popular events on Wollondilly Council's calendar.
Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said the competition was a good chance to highlight the shire's top gardens.
"With so many beautiful gardens in the shire, the Spring Garden Competition is a great way for our local gardeners to showcase their hard work, as well as their love of nature," he said.
This year's categories are:
- Best Environmentally Sustainable Garden
- Best Senior's Garden
- Best Community Garden
- Best Flower Garden
- Best Small Garden
- Best Courtyard Garden
- Best Large or Rural Acreage Garden
- Best Native Garden
- Best Edible Garden
- Best School Garden
- Best Business/Commercial Garden
The overall winner will be honoured with the Grand Champion Prize and Judges Awards will also be presented.
Last year's overall winners, Michele and James Jackson, spent three years perfecting their outdoor oasisf.
The Buxton couple's garden features an electic collection of statues, water features, plants and plenty of lush greenery.
"This is the fourth time we have entered but the first time that we have won the grand champion award," Mrs Jackson told the Advertiser last year.
"It took us years to get the garden where we wanted to be and now we have won the grand prize."
Mrs Jackson encouraged other locals to consider entering the council run competition.
"It's a great way to get your garden up to where you want it to be," she said.
"I used the competition to help me accomplish everything I wanted in the garden."
Entries will open on Monday, August 17 and will close at 4pm on Friday September 18.
Entry forms will be available on the council's website from August 17.
Judging will take place from Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2, with schools to be judged on September 24 and 25.
A presentation evening will be considered subject to the relevant NSW Government health advice.
For more information contact the council's event officer on 4677 1100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.