Saturday, 27 September 2014


Silhouette picture of a girl and boy gardening next to a treeThe Storybook Garden Competition is about creating miniature gardens using recycled and natural materials.

A storybook garden can be based on anything you might find in a book – a garden for fairies, super heroes, cars, dinosaurs, turtles, toads or witches – any story you can imagine.

The competition is open to children and young people (to 18 years) who live in the ACT and surrounding region. You might like to make it yourself, with your family or friends. You can also get an adult to help too – mum or dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, your teacher or childcare educator.

There are great prizes for you and the person who may help you.  Prizes are listed below.
The competition costs $10 to enter and all entry fees will go towards towards Boundless, the Centenary of Canberra National Playground - Canberra’s first all abilities playground on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, opening on Saturday 11 October 2014.

The competition ends on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

The winners will be announced here on Wednesday 3 December 2014 – which is International Day of People with Disability. Prizes will be posted to winners.


Step 1. Make a Storybook Garden using recycled or natural items. You might like to create your garden in a container or corner of your yard. It can be as big or small as you like.

Step 2. Take a photo of your Storybook Garden

Step 3. Email your photo, name, age, school year (if you are a student), a one line description of your entry, the name of the person who helped you, your relationship to them and your contact details to  

  • We will upload your photo and description to our pinterest board
  • Your details will be kept private and not passed on to a third party, including the ACT Government.
  • Your photo should not exceed 10 megabytes.
  • Your photo should not include images of people. 
  • Your email should be sent by 5pm Wednesday 26 November 2014.

Step 4. Donate $10 to Boundless Canberra via their donate page. Your entry fees will be going towards the construction costs of the playground.

Step 5. Tell Boundless Canberra that you have donated to the Storybook Garden Competition team via the donation 'thank you' page.

Step 6. Please share this competition wherever you can.  Share it on your Facebook page, Pin it, Tweet it… tell your friends about it.


There will be prize packs for pre-schoolers, primary students and high school students as well as their helpers which might be parents, grandparents, teachers or other adults. 

Prizes have been generously donated by the following people and businesses:

Prizes for children and young people:

Prizes for adult helpers:
More prizes will be added on this webpage, our Facebook page and on our Pinterest board.

If you can sponsor a prize or suggest someone who can, please email


There are three judges:

- Rodney Toll, Rodney's Plants Plus
- Genevieve Jacobs, presenter 666 ABC Canberra radio
- Sandie Parkes, co-owner The Green Shed

Each judge will select the top three entries from each of the following categories : 0 - preschoolers, primary school students, high school students.



This competition is being run as a private fundraising initiative by Fiona McIntosh, who is also an employee of Disability ACT in the ACT Government.  The initiative is supported by Boundless Canberra. 



No responsibility is taken for late or lost entries.
The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
Prizes cannot be transferred or exchanged
You can enter as many times as you like


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Boundless Canberra information

Donation page :
Donation 'Thank you' page :
Facebook :
Contacts : 

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