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Calling All Green Thumbs With Glorious Gardens

It’s time to sharpen the secateurs and get the garden blooming as the annual Victoria in Bloom gardening competition kicks off.

Nominations are now open for public or community-managed housing tenants to get their gardens ready to register for this year’s Victoria in Bloom competition.

Now in its thirteenth year, Victoria in Bloom allows for a celebration of the work that tenants do to maintain and produce some of the best looking and sustainable gardens.

The competition is not limited to those with a backyard, with categories for balcony and enclosed or container gardens designed to make sure everyone can participate. And if you find you have more of a knack with vegetables and fruit than the roses, don’t worry, there’s a category for you too.

Other categories include: Best Household Garden, Best Edible Garden, Best Sustainable Garden, Best Common Area Garden, Best Community Garden Plot and Best Young Gardener (up to 25 years of age).

Entries close on 31 October 2016.

For more information visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au or email vicbloom@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley

“There are many in the social housing community who look forward to this opportunity to put their gardening talents on display and showcase their gardens.”

“This is a great opportunity to acknowledge, and celebrate the work of our tenants who do their best to maintain and improve their small piece of Victoria.”