PUBLIC housing tenants who have transformed their yards or balconies can celebrate their green thumbs through the My Home Awards.
Capalaba MP Don Brown encouraged tenants to give gardening a go, especially as spring was just around the corner.
"The My Home Awards are a fantastic initiative and they really help foster a sense of community spirit," Mr Brown said.
"In previous years, the awards have seen improved health and wellbeing, by beautifying their surroundings and becoming closer to their neighbours."
Redlands MP Kim Richards said the awards recognised tenants who went above and beyond gardening and maintaining their home.
"The My Home Awards celebrate pride in public housing and aim to encourage tenants to participate in their local community," Ms Richards said.
"I know public housing tenants in the Redlands have done amazing things with their homes - whether they be traditional yards or balcony gardens."
Categories are house garden, courtyard garden, balcony garden, water-wise garden, children's garden, communal garden, new gardener, edible or bush tucker garden and a special flood-affected garden category for North Queensland entrants.
Entries will be judged on the variety, quality, colour, tidiness and relevance of their garden to the nominated category.
Entry is free and all entrants will receive a garden pack containing seeds and a planting guide, a certificate and photo of their garden.
Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said winners would receive vouchers and hampers to the value of $80 for first place, $50 for runner up and $30 for highly commended.
Entries close on September 9. Prizes will be awarded in November.
For more information visit qld.gov.au/tenantconnect.
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