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

Entries in the city's 2018 Waterwise Verge and Garden Awards are now open. The awards recognise gardens, and verges that contribute to the greening of business districts, aesthetic presentation of streetscapes and sustainable living practices. Download the 2018 award poster, and enter online before 5pm on Friday 19 October.

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2018-Waterwise-Verge-and-Garden-Awards-poster-(2).jpgAward categories

The awards recognise verges, gardens and other elements that demonstrate a notable contribution to the city's wider landscape, help strengthen green corridors and have features that contribute to sustainable living practices.

There are five award categories:

  • Residential verge award
  • Residential garden award
  • Business award
  • School award
  • Best vegetable garden

Terms and conditions

  • Verges and gardens must be within the city's boundaries
  • Nominations may be made by the property owner, property occupant, any person who feels the verge or garden is worthy of nomination or a council staff member
  • Finalists must allow judges to view the verge or garden and take photographs
  • A small sign will be placed at the nominated property for a maximum of six weeks to increase public awareness of the nomination
  • A small sign will be placed on finalists' property for a maximum of two weeks


The panel of judges comprises the mayor, two elected members and community representatives. Judging is based on a set of sustainability criteria, as summarised below:

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.

One or more of these suggested features must be demonstrated to the judging panel.


Nominees will be contacted by council staff. 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 share a total prize pool of gift certificates to the value of $2000 from the Subi Farmers Market as well as a certificate of appreciation. 

This year, the winner for best waterwise residential garden will win a piece of high-quality garden furniture valued at over $2000 from award sponsor Woodlands Furniture.

"Woodlands is a Western Australian family-owned specialty supplier of high-grade streetscape items to WA local government and commercial projects across the state, including the City of Subiaco. All Woodlands items are WA or Australian made to the customers’ requirements and include everything from seating and drink fountains to engineered shelters and walk bridges. Woodlands is very proud to being part of the City of Subiaco's Waterwise Verge and Garden Awards 2018."

Prize-winning gardens are photographed and may be featured on the city's website or in publications.