City of Subiaco - Sustainable Verge and Garden Award
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Sustainable Verge and Garden Award

Sustainable Verge and Garden Award

Entries in the city's annual Sustainable Verge and Garden Awards are now closed. The awards recognise gardens and verges that contribute to the greening of business districts, aesthetic presentation of streetscapes and sustainable living practices. This year's awards are proudly sponsored by the Subi Farmers Market.

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Award categories

The award recognises 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.

There are four award categories:

Residential verge award

To be considered, the verge development must comply with the guidelines outlined in the city's verge policy.

Residential garden award

Open to privately-owned residential gardens that have street frontage visible to the community.

Business award

For verge developments or private gardens/greening initiatives within the business premise that provide for staff and customer enjoyment.

School award

Open to primary or secondary schools, for verge developments or gardens/greening initiatives within school grounds.

Terms and conditions

  • Verges and gardens must be within the city's boundaries.
  • Nominations may be made by the property owner or 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 two community representatives from the city's Environmental Sustainability Committee. Judging is based on the criteria outlined in each of the nomination forms, 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 share in a total prize pool of gift certificates to the value of $2000 from the Subi Farmers Market and receive a certificate of appreciation. Prize-winning gardens are photographed and may be featured on the city's website or publications.

2015 award winners and finalists

The winners and runners-up for the 2015 Sustainable Verge and Garden Award were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 8 October at the City of Subiaco Administration Centre. Congratulations to the following award winners and runners-up. Check out the award winning entries in our online photo gallery

Residential Verge Award



4 Lansdowne Street, Jolimont


1 Megalong Street, Nedlands
287 Hamersley Road, Subiaco

Residential Garden Award  


Winner (front garden)

26 Waylen Road, Shenton Park

Winner (back garden)

190 Nicholson Road, Shenton Park


Wandana Tropical Garden, Block C

School Garden Award



Perth Modern School Living Classroom


Rosalie Primary School, Shent

Business Garden Award



Unicare, 24 Parkway, Nedlands
Klopper and Davis Architects, 270 York Street