Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced Shepparton’s Tom Cipriani and Andie Sweeney as exceptional gardening green thumbs, following their success in the annual Victoria in Bloom gardening competition.
Mr. Cipriani won the Best Household Garden category in the competition, while Ms Sweeney won the Best Balcony in the competition, which recognises social housing tenants who maintain gardens in their neighbourhood and homes, celebrating the hard work they put in to producing some of the most attractive and sustainable gardens in their communities.
The gardens reflect the incredible amount of time and energy tenants have spent to create vibrant, outdoor spaces across a variety of garden types including balconies, community, containers and sustainable.
Launched in 2004, local winners are determined in each category before the state-wide winners are declared. In addition to determining the awards for the eight competition categories, the judges also select the Gardener of the Year from the category winners.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“This competition is always well supported by tenants, who as Victorian gardeners look forward to the opportunity to showcase their skills.”
“Judges this year were particularly impressed by the creativity and impressive variety of gardens on display.”
“It’s a privilege to be able to take the time to recognise and celebrate tenants in our social housing community who put such effort into beautifying their part of the world.”
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp Member for Northern Victoria
“There are many benefits to gardening – it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors while potentially reaping the rewards by way of the produce.”
“Congratulations to all our gardeners and this year’s winners, whose gardens are both attractive and productive.”