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Gardeners! Ready, set, go!

Garden Club Secretary Liz Kerr and President Jackie Davis. Photo TWH

Bourke’s gardeners, it’s time to start getting ready for the annual Bourke and District Garden Club’s Garden competition.

This will be the first competition in two years and the last time it was held, there were a record number of entries – 43 gardens.

Club secretary Liz Kerr said that it was exciting to have that number of entries and they hoping to exceed that number this year.

“We are also trying to encourage the rural gardens as well; these are gardens that people have anywhere within the Bourke Shire.

“There are some amazing gardens on some of the properties around the area,” Liz said.

Held in conjunction with the Bourke Shire Council, the annual garden competition is a great way to show off the community and the beauty of the area.

There is something for everyone with 26 classes of entries.

Coming from out of town, the judges are not looking for display home gardens but would like to see neatly presented lawns and gardens.

“We are looking for real gardens, that are tidy, not perfect gardens,” Liz said.

“Coming out of a big drought there will be challenges, but conditions are favorable now, and we are expecting to see a lot of colour.

“We are letting people know early to give time for preparation. Maybe you have a patch in the yard where you would like to put a garden?

“This is also a perfect time to top dress your lawn and make some improvements.

“Nursery on Mertin and Bourke Home Hardware are both sponsors of the competition, and they have seedlings available.

“We particularly want to encourage young people to enter, and schools are also encouraged to enter with a special class for Best School Garden.

“It is important to generate interest in the younger generation as they are the future, we don’t want our gardening to fall by the wayside,” Liz said.

Entry forms are available on the Facebook page or can be obtained by emailing the Bourke Garden Club at


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