There must be something in the water in Thomastown – the winners of Whittlesea council’s garden competition hail from  there.

The annual search for the municipality’s best front garden and best edible garden were won by Thomastown’s Vicki Servinis and Maria Mercuri.

The council said the abundance of fruit and vegetables in Ms Mercuri’s garden secured her win in the best edible garden category, while Ms Servinis’ blooms helped her front garden stand out from the other entries.

Mayor Lawrie Cox said gardens were judged on innovative colour schemes and interesting plant combinations, the amount and quality of fruit and vegetables, and environmentally-friendly gardening practices.

“Vicki’s beautiful cottage-style garden is a sea of colour with a variety of roses, canas, bulbs, daisies, geraniums and elephant ears,” he said.

“In Maria’s garden, full of eggplant, chilies cherries, apples, persimmon, peas, apricots, tomatoes, grapes and more, there is no space wasted,” he said.

“The extensive range of fruit trees and vegetables are a visual feast.”