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Golden Bay News: Second Hand Sunday and Golden Bay (Green) Gardening Competition

Submitted by on November 3, 2011 – 4:36 pm

Secondhand Sunday – Golden Bay is about to hold a huge swap meet, and it happens right outside your gate.

Secondhand Sunday will be held on 13 November 2011 between 9.00am and noon.

It’s your chance to give away household items you no longer want, or pick up some stuff for free. You can put out any items except food and dangerous goods – and definitely no rubbish.

Get more info, display poster and register at Council or online – or email your address to

Its fun, free and good for the planet!


Golden Bay Gardening Competition –

Hosted by the Golden Bay Community Board, Golden Bay Garden Centre and Tasman District Council.


Closing date for entries is 4.30 pm Tuesday 29 November.

Hundreds of $$$ of prizes to win.


2011 Categories

  •  Best Vegetable Garden
  •  Best Young Gardener (under 16 yrs)
    • Best Contribution to Street Appearance
    • Best First Time Entry Vegetable Gardener (receive a $10 gift voucher just for entering!)
  •  Best Outdoor Entertainment Area
  •  Best Environmentally Friendly Garden
  •  Overall Best Garden


Please note – each property can enter a maximum of 2 categories.  Winners will be announced by mid December.  We apologise but judges will not be able to book when they will view your property – it will be sometime over the 2 days of 5 and 6 December


Dob-in-a-garden – We are encouraging people to enter gardens they admire in the hope the owner will let us all admire them too. So, if you know of a reluctant garden guru who is hiding a potential prize winning garden, we would like to hear about it. Enter it (and let us know it’s a ‘dob in’) and we will take it from there and contact them. Of course it would be even better if their permission was obtained first.

Category definitions

  • Best Edible Garden  – any size, cared for by no more than 2 people. Can be a vegetables or a mix of vegetables and fruit/nut trees.


  • Best Young Gardener (under 15 yrs old at judging) home or school. Quality of plants and planting, concept, design and use of space, horticultural knowledge and skill, environmental consideration, effort and enthusiasm.
  • Best Contribution to Street Appearance – private or business, only what is seen from the street. Quality of floral display – Colour, form, composition, and horticultural practice. Quality of permanent planting – Variety, year-round interest, and scent. Quality of design and use of space – Imagination, use of colour, and depth. Contribution to the visual environment – impact on streetscene. Environmental consideration – Use of native plants, encouragement of wildlife, water conservation, chemical free, composting, and energy conservation.


  • Best First Time Entry Vegetable Gardener – Variety of crops/plants, quality of crops/plants, presentation of design and creativity, environmental sustainability.


  • Best Outdoor Entertainment Area – plants in the ground or containers or both. A great place to be outside at home – to eat, play or just be with friends.
  • Best Environmentally Friendly Garden – general appearance, demonstrating suitable plant selection, consideration of low water usage, low maintenance levels, helpful insect/bird attracting foliage, use of compost/mulch, no pest/problem plants, natural means of pest control (no chemical, pesticides or fertilisers are used), health of plants and state of soil.


·        Overall Best Garden – all areas of the property to be included, ongoing tendering and maintenance, general appearance and presentation, pest control, composting, and fertilisers, health of plants and state of soil, landscaping creativity. This one will win GB Garden Shop $100 gift basket.

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