Friday, 9 August 2013

Pick Of The Bunch Scoop Gardening Awards

Everything in the garden really is lovely for the winners of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s 33rd Best Kept Garden competition.

Open to all council tenants and leaseholders, the competition’s six categories have been won by:

  • Best kept garden – Miss Jo Stellitano of St Andrews Way, Impington
  • Best vegetable garden – Mr Hall of Riddy Lane, Bourn
  • Best greenhouse (vegetables) – Mr Hall of Riddy Lane, Bourn
  • Best greenhouse (flowers) – Mr Gawthrop of Cambridge Road, Balsham
  • Best new tenant’s garden – Ms Pettit of Brickhills, Willingham
  • Best window box – Mr Moore of Chaston Road, Great Shelford
  • Carol Johnson Wildflower Garden Award - Mr Hall of Riddy Lane, Bourn
  • Best sheltered scheme communal garden – Stevens Close, Cottenham

The judging panel - head gardener Phillip Whaites and gardener Janet Saunders from Wimpole Hall, and Alice Willitts, garden designer and plantswoman from Willow & Wren - visited nominated gardens to decide who should win this year’s garlands.

A presentation ceremony for the winners will be held later this year at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford. Scotsdales are long-standing sponsors of the competition.

Cllr Mark Howell, SCDC’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The imagination and work that goes into creating these beautiful gardens is truly fantastic. I’d like to commend our very worthy winners and thank all of our entrants, judges and sponsors.”

Judge, Phillip Waites, said: “Gardeners have had a tough couple of years weather-wise but the standard of gardens in this competition never fails to impress. Congratulations to everyone who entered, and especially to our winners.”

Judge, Alice Willitts, said: “Much love and graft goes into growing plants to feed a family or to create a haven for wildlife and the gardens in this competition showed me how rewarding that effort can be for the gardener and the visitor. My delight was to experience the transformation of unpromising spaces into personal treasures, each a true reflection of its tenants and the beauty waiting in a packet of seeds.”