Green thumbs get a spring in their step

Stunning: A view of the winning large garden award which belongs to Ron and Elga Ielasi.

Stunning: A view of the winning large garden award which belongs to Ron and Elga Ielasi.

Spring has definitely sprung as the weather warms up and everything from bulbs, vines and trees begin to bloom and flourish.

Different shades of green and colours of the rainbow are popping up in the region and to celebrate the season the The Rural City of Murray Bridge has hosted its annual Spring Garden Competition.

Nominations for the competition were received for a variety of gardens in the district.

These included sustainable gardens, modern gardens, corporate green-spaces, senior's gardens, community gardens and school yards.

Judges were kept busy during October visiting homes, businesses and schools in the area as they judged on criteria which included design and layout, plant selection, plant health and maintenance and water saving measures.

Other points which were taken into account were innovation, environmental considerations and natural environment in providing a habitat or food source for wildlife.

Eleven gardens were judged the best in their category with Ross and Sandra Schrapel taking home the Mayor's Award as well as the title of best sustainable garden

The winners were:

Senior's Garden: Brian and Annette Wright

Small Garden: Wendy Osborne

Large Garden: Ron and Elga Ielasi

Large Garden Runner Up: Neville and Chris Weber

Modern Garden: Graham and Brenda Hallandal

School Garden: Jervois Primary School

Residential Community Garden: Murraylands Retirement Village

Community Garden: Murray Bridge Community Centre

Encouragement Award: Wendy Day

Encouragement Award: Lorraine Carpenter

Mayor's Award/Sustainable Garden: Ross and Sandra Schrapel

For more information on the annual competition visit