Hanging Garden and Green Wall Competition 2021
We have invited the people of Maitland to design and build their own creative hanging garden or green wall to grow plants vertically, creating an interesting green space and helping reduce the heat absorption by built structures.
The competition is free and open to all residents, community groups and schools in the Maitland Local Government Area. Participants are encouraged to creatively incorporate recycling materials in their garden design (like used pallets and old plastic pots).
All registered participants in the program will receive a free watering can, garden seeds, hand trowel and a free compost voucher.
Registrations closed on Sunday 1 August 2021.
Thank you to Heritage Gardens Nursery and Café, Farmland Co Pty Ltd, and Solo Resource Recovery who have partnered with Council to promote the competition.
Registrations for the Maitland Hanging Garden and Green Wall competition are now closed.
A hanging garden or green wall is simply a garden that isn’t horizontal. For example, it can be planter boxes mounted to a wall or just a modified pallet safely leaning in a good spot for sunlight.
A hanging garden or green wall assists with urban heat reduction by shading an additional area of your home, reducing reflection of surfaces to make an area more liveable and beautifies your space.
If you want to hang or mount your vertical garden, it can be attached to your house (with owner approval) but cannot be attached to the fence – more information here.
You can find out more about what is a hanging garden or green wall through a google search or the following websites:
The major prize for the competition is a $250 Gift Card for goods from Farmland Co Pty Ltd, with three $100 Runner up Gift cards from Heritage Gardens Nursery and Café.
Your green wall or vertical garden will be judged against three criteria:
- Creativity. You are encouraged to consider the reuse and recycling of unwanted items in your design. Incorporating items such as old pallets, unwanted furniture and old footwear such as boots are all great ways to create interest.
Originality and ingenuity of design.
The hanging garden or green wall meets all compliance and build requirements.
You can plant anything you want, from seed or established seedlings. Using the garden seeds provided in the free gift pack to all entrants is optional.
NSW Exempt and Complying Development requirements:
Not be higher than 2.1m above existing ground level.
Not be wider than 1.5m.
Not be located any closer than 900mm from any lot boundary.
Not comprise masonry construction higher than 1m from existing ground level.
If it is to be constructed or installed in a heritage conservation area or a draft heritage conservation area, the hanging garden must be located in the rear yard.
If you want to hang or mount your vertical garden, it can be attached to your house (with owner approval) but cannot be attached to the fence
Hanging gardens and green walls should in no way encroach onto neighbouring properties or create any impact to adjoining properties.
Any person renting a property must seek approval from their landlord to undertake works to install a hanging garden or green wall prior to participating in this competition.
The winners will be notified by telephone then announced through Council’s social media.
No, the hanging Gardens or Green Walls must be designed and installed by the entrant and not have been designed or constructed in any way by a third party such as a builder or landscaper.
Yes, you need to be a resident of the Maitland Local Government Area to participate in the competition.
It’s okay if your plants are still growing when the photos are due. The competition is more about seeing the creative design of the garden.
Entry registrations open
Entry registrations close
Gift pack received
Final day to pick up free compost
Photos of gardens due for judging
Shortlisted gardens visited for judging