A retired teacher turned guerilla gardener, Shirley has transformed the barren traffic beds in her street into beautiful tapestries of flowers and foliage. She takes the Golden Spade as our overall Gardener of the Year, and also wins the community garden category. Shirley will be off to the Chelsea Flower Show!

Here's a quick peek at all the category winners. For full coverage of their gardens and stories, pick up the November issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, on sale October 10.