City of Subiaco - Waterwise Verge and Garden Awards
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2019 Waterwise Verge and Garden Awards

The Waterwise Verge and Garden Awards recognise gardens and verges that contribute to the greening of business districts, aesthetic presentation of streetscapes and sustainable living practices.

Nominate a verge or garden

Nominations for the 2019 Waterwsie Verge and Garden Awards are now open. To nominate a garden, complete the online nomination form before 5pm on Friday 13 September

Award categories

The awards recognise verges and gardens that demonstrate a notable contribution to the City's wider landscape, help strengthen green corridors and have features that contribute to sustainable living practices. Entries can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Residential verge award
  • Residential garden award
  • Vegetable garden award
  • Business award


Judging is based on a set of sustainability criteria and entries are assessed by a panel comprising the Mayor, an elected member and a community representative. The judging criteria is summarised below and one or more of these features must be demonstrated to the judging panel.

Waterwise strategies

Features may include minimum or permeable paving to maximise stormwater infiltration, waterwise plants, greywater, subsurface or drip irrigation, and the use of mulch.


Features may include local native plants, year-round flowering to create a food source for native fauna, and a variety of plant structures to create a diversity of habitat for native fauna.

Edible elements

Features may include fruit trees, vines, vegetable patches, bush tucker or herbs.

Fauna habitat

Features may include frog ponds, large mature trees, tree hollows, nest boxes, rock gardens, bird baths or fallen logs.

Design and general layout

Features may include the use of deciduous trees for passive solar design, windbreaks, solar lights, sculpture or artistic elements and attractive landscape design.

Maintenance and condition of plants

Well maintained and healthy plants, lack of weeds and rubbish.

Special features

Any unusual environmental aspects of the verge or garden that make it unique.


All nominees will be contacted by the City of Subaico. The judging panel will review nominations and select finalists, who will be notified by mail and invited to attend an award presentation. Award winners will be awarded prizes and gift certificates as well as a certificate of appreciation. Prize-winning gardens will be photographed and may be featured on the city's website or in publications. 

2018 award winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Waterwise Verge and Garden Award winners. The winner received a beautiful Woodlands Heritage Banksia seat valued at over $2500. Participants and winners also shared in $2000 worth of vouchers to the Subi Farmers Market. $1250 worth of prizes were sponsored by Water Corporation. 
To see the 2018 winning verges and gardens, check out the online gallery