Norlane residents Lorraine Miller and Carolyn Slevin have featured in the annual state-wide Victoria in Bloom competition.Victoria in Bloom recognises and celebrates the gardens of public and community housing tenants.  It is an opportunity for tenants to showcase their gardens, and to celebrate the work they do to create brighter neighbourhoods for all Victorian residents.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Barwon Area, had 16 entrants in the 2019-20 competition with four winners and five commendations, who were awarded their certificates at the Barwon Awards Ceremony in early March.

Lorraine Miller was highly commended in the Best Edible Garden category and Carolyn Slevin was highly commended in the Best Creative Garden.

Lorraine has been gardening at her Norlane property for 45 years, producing more than 20 varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs to share with family and friends – she used a lot of her produce for Christmas dinner last year.

Carolyn has created an ‘imagination garden’ in the backyard of her Norlane unit.  Her low-maintenance garden provides a space where Carolyn feels grateful and relaxed.

If you are a public or community housing tenant and interested in finding out more about Victoria in Bloom, or would like to register your interest for the 2020-21 competition, which will open in October, email geelong.housing@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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