Budding green thumbs are being encouraged to spruce up their gardens with this year's Victoria in Bloom public housing garden competition about to get underway.
Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell today encouraged tenants to dust off their shovels and start planting.
The competition, now in its eighth year, has recognised a large number of creative and committed gardeners living in public and community housing.
"This is a great time of year to get out in the garden and we hope tenants will accept the challenge and showcase their gardening skills," Ms Lovell said.
"We're marking the 75th anniversary of public housing this year and as part of the commemorations we've added an anniversary award for significant contribution to gardening.
"There's a strong gardening tradition in public housing and I've seen some wonderful gardens at our estates across Victoria, including the many amazing communal vegetable gardens tenants tend together, so they can share produce," Ms Lovell said.
- Best balcony, small enclosed or container garden;
- Best household garden;
- Best edible garden;
- Best sustainable garden;
- Most creative garden; and
- Best common area garden.Participants will receive entry packs containing gardening information and packets of seeds.
Winners for each region will be part of the statewide event, which culminates in an awards ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne next year.
For more information visit www.housing.vic.gov.au/vicinbloom or to enter call 1800 663 662 by 31 December 2012.