Paulshof and Northriding show the way in popular verge competition

Sharon Stadler of Paulshof has such a beautiful verge that it is not unusual for her to find complimentary notes at her gate. Sharon’s eye-catching verge brings joy to her neighbours and visitors to the area alike. This year, her colourful and lovingly manicured verge received the ultimate accolade when she was awarded joint first place in the 2012 Pam Golding Properties’ Outstanding Verge Competition in the Fourways/Dainfern area.

Commenting on her achievement Sharon said that it was a special and unexpected honour to be a joint winner in the Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Outstanding Verges Competition. “Thecompetition is a splendid idea that encourages homeowners to make an extra effort to improve the exteriors of their properties while beautifying theirneighbourhoods. Nothing gives me greater joy than to see someone admiring and enjoying our garden.”

André Delport, Chairperson of Camargue, a complex in Northriding, has had the coveted PGP Outstanding Verge Competition prize in his sights for the past year. Camargue was the runner up in the competition in 2011 and this year André was determined to secure the big prize for the complex. “The residents of Camargue are delighted to have been joint winners. It really makes the hard work that we put into the exterior of the complex in recent years all worthwhile,” he notes.

“The competition is a wonderful initiative that encourages us all to put that extra effort into the exterior of our properties. Interestingly I have noticed that our neighbouring complexes have been putting greater energy into beautifying their verges ever since we started improving ours. Attractive exteriors show that a complex is well run and this helps attract high calibre residents while improving the value of the individual units.”

“The joint winners have truly outstanding verges and PGP congratulates them on their magnificent efforts,” says Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Fourways/Dainfern area manager, Jason Shaw. “Both of these properties appealed to the judges and we couldn’t pick a winner so we decided that they should both share top spot in the competition.” Shaw says that with 70 really excellent entrants the community has clearly shown great enthusiasm for the competition this year. “It has been gratifying to see the initiative grow from strength to strength,” he adds. “The response from both individual homeowners and those within complexes has been tremendous.”

According to Shaw the PGP Outstanding Verge Competition is held annually in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs in order to encourage people to beautify their verges. He says thatwhile verges create an important first impression on visitors to a suburb and can even impact property prices, they are often overlooked. The competitionseeks to encourage homeowners to consider the importance of the appearance of their verges and to take pride in their neighbourhoods.

“Attractive verges not only improve individual homes, they assist in making neighbourhoods appealing while engendering a sense of mutual respect and community. The competition aims to encourage the people of the northern suburbs to consider how their environments impact on their lives and indeed, on their property values. It is also always rewarding to see residents have fun and be creative with their gardens.”

Shaw says that the verges entered into the competition are judged on a number of criteria. Judges look at the overall attractiveness of the garden as well as consider how innovatively plants and features such as rock formations, stone carvings, water features and other elements are used. Other aspects to be considered are whether the garden is indigenous or has its own unique theme. Shaw points out that each verge is judged on its own merits. The winners each receive R10 000 to assist them in further developing their gardens.

“Next year we will make it even easier to get involved: homeowners will be able to give us a call at any time during the year when they feel their verge is looking at its best and we will come and photograph it and enter it into the competition. Different gardens are at their most attractive at various times of the year and we feel it is important to accommodate seasonal conditions.”

“This is the second year of the competition and we at PGP are delighted to see just how enthusiastic property owners have already become about the project. We encourage our house-proud residents to think about how they can contribute in the beautification of their neighbourhoods and to become involved in the competition,” concludes Shaw.

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