Entries open for the Greening Vincent Garden Competition

Caroline Cohen in her East Perth garden with Mayor Emma Cole
Caroline Cohen in her East Perth garden with Mayor Emma Cole

EAST Perth resident Caroline Cohen, who won the Catchment Friendly Garden category of the Greening Vincent Garden Competition last year, will be a guest community judge for 2018.

Ms Cohen’s garden is a piece of remnant wetland that slopes down to Walters Brook and she hopes to see more habitat gardens that provide homes for native birds and wildlife entered this year.

“There was always a marsh and natural soak in the garden but a few years ago we dug it deeper to increase the pond which is fed by springs, ground water drainage and rainwater,” she said.

“I have a variety of wildlife that I have encountered in my garden from long-neck turtle hatchlings and frogs to a wide variety of birds and bees.

“If I could be in the garden all the time I would, it’s very meditative.”

Mayor Emma Cole hopes Ms Cohen’s story will encourage more City of Vincent residents and businesses to enter this year.

“The Greening Vincent Garden Competition is such a fun way to meet other passionate green thumbs and to celebrate the diverse gardens we have in Vincent.

From Caroline’s wetlands garden, to colourful verges and growing veggies on balconies, it’s quite inspiring to see what can be achieved in our inner city neighbourhoods.”

Entries close on October 5. Visit vincent.wa.gov.au for an entry form or pick one up from the City of Vincent Administration Centre.

Caroline Cohen and her neighbours will open their gardens at 20 and 22 Gardiner Street, East Perth on October 6 and 7 from 10am-4pm to raise money for the Soroptimists International Maylands Peninsula. Entry is $10.