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Victoria in Bloom recognises and rewards the great work of gardening enthusiasts living in public or community housing.

It’s a way of saying thanks to tenants for their hard work to create and maintain amazing gardens that contribute to the communities they live in.

Tenants can enter all types of gardens - from balconies, to back yards and community gardens. No garden is too big or small.

There is no age limit either, with the Best Young Gardener category opening doors for under 25s who enjoy gardening or are thinking of a career in this field.

Victoria in Bloom recognises and rewards the great work of gardening enthusiasts living in public or community housing.

Entries for the 2018 Victoria in Bloom Garden competition have now closed.

The award categories for 2018-19

  • Best Balcony or Container Garden
    Gardens that are on a balcony space or gardens made up of potted plants
  • Best Small Enclosed Garden
    Gardens that are enclosed, such as courtyards
  • Best Young Gardener (under 25)
    To enter this category, young gardeners must play an active role in gardening - either at home or in a community or school garden
  • Best Household Garden
    Front or back gardens that are larger than a courtyard
  • Best Sustainable Garden
    These gardens focus on being environmentally sustainable. They may include features like compost, water tanks, worm farms, mulch and drought-tolerant plants
  • Best Community or Common Area Garden
    These gardens are in common areas and shared by a group of people, meaning they can be accessed and used by all the residents on a property. They are often part of an apartment or unit complex
  • Best Edible Garden
    Gardens where most of the plants are fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • Best Creative Garden
    A garden that has been designed using creativity, uniqueness and self-expression
  • Best First Year Entered Garden
    Garden entered for the first time in the competition that is judged as best garden.

How is the competition judged?

We judge the competition in two stages - first by division (North, South, East and West) and then state wide. Winners in each division go on to be finalists in their category for the state-wide competition.

What does an award winning garden look like?

Have you ever wondered what makes an award winning garden?

Have a look at the community garden that earned Dennis Troedel the 2017 Vic in Bloom Gardener of the Year award. You can also read the video transcript (.docx).

Past winners

2017-2018 Vic in Bloom award winners
  • Best Balcony Garden: Andie Sweeney, Shepparton
  • Best Small Enclosed or Container Garden: Irene Mee, White Hills
  • Best Household Garden: Tom Cipriani, Shepparton
  • Best Edible Garden: Gary Pickett, Point Lonsdale
  • Best Sustainable Garden: Ron Cruse, Sea Lake
  • Best Common Area Garden: Helen Rauschenbach, Moyhu
  • Best Community Garden Plot: John Sharpe, Coburg
  • Best Young Gardener: Brock Van Duinen, Shepparton

The Gardener of the Year award winner was selected from the winners of the general award categories.

The 2017-2018 Victoria in Bloom Gardener of the Year is Helen Rauschenbach for her efforts creating a colourful and tranquil common area garden for local tenants to enjoy.