News: Garden pride alive in town

Green thumbs still have a few days to get their gardens in tip top shape for the ABC Garden Contest.

Posted: Friday, 4 September 2015

Whether you've got a strip, a patch, a plot or a pot - anyone can enter the 783 ABC Alice Springs Central Australian Garden Competition.
It's for gardens big and small and there are categories for keen gardeners as well as green thumbs.
Last year the Council President Barb Shaw took home a few awards for her green thumbs including a certificate for winning Best Arid Zone Garden Tennant Creek. President Shaw and her husband, Elliot McAdam, also won Best Water Wise Garden Tennant Creek and received a Highly Commended for the Frank McEllister Memorial Award.
Other winners in town from 2014 were Helio De Souza and Jessica Wooler for Best New Garden, Lynda O'Halloran for Brashy's Pot Shot and Beth Staunton for Best Tennant Creek Garden. She also received a Highly Commended for the Frank McEllister Memorial Award.
The ABC Garden Competition is nearly 25 years old and each year attracts up to 100 entries from keen gardeners from across Central Australia and the Barkly region.
The aim of the competition is to encourage an interest in growing and maintaining gardens in the often challenging environment of the Centre and Barkly.
Over the years the Barkly Regional Council has been an important sponsor providing prizes for the Best Garden in Tennant Creek and Best New Garden in Tennant Creek. Council has endorsed sponsoring the 783 ABC Garden Competition again this year.
The competition has been extended to close in Tennant Creek on Sunday, 13 September.
Entry forms available at, phone Stewart Brash on 0417 460 628 or download the entry form here.