Glorious Gardens Competition 2017
PUBLISHED: 14:52 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:53 12 June 2017
Welcome to the 2nd Glorious Gardens Awards in association with Strutt & Parker. Last year’s inaugural awards were a great success, culminating in the day when our judging team visited finalists and had the hard task of choosing winners and runners-up in four categories.
As we celebrate the best home gardens in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire once again there will be four categories to choose from – and there’s nothing to stop you from entering more than one. We recognise that gardens come in all shapes and sizes, from formal design to ‘one-off specials’ so this competition is designed to allow all those who love their gardens to enter.
Courtyard, Cottage and small gardens
Do you have a little piece of outdoors heaven attached to your home? A place of tranquillity? Last year’s entries included some stunning examples of country cottage gardens where traditional planting had been enhanced by thoughtfully incorporated new additions, competing alongside very much newer gardens where owners had made the most of a small plot to produce imaginative displays with lots to grab the attention.
The Great British Family Garden
Just like our gardens, families come in all shapes and sizes and here we are looking for a garden which enhances the home and extends the entertainment space to outdoors. It should be the perfect match for the regular residents plus a source of joy for visitors.
This could mean immaculate lawns and pretty borders to view, or those with terraces, barbecue and dining areas, or gardens which span the generations’ interests with what they offer.
Sustainable and Environmental Gardens
Last year this was a big favourite with both entrants and judges. Is your garden designed to encourage precious bees, our native ladybirds and butterflies, as well as providing a year-round spot for birdlife? Perhaps you provide a safe haven for larger wildlife, such as our diminishing hedgehog numbers.
Are you ‘growing your own’ with organic practices at the forefront of your gardening calendar? We like to see some native plants and trees flourishing, whether that’s in decorative or fruit and vegetable sections.
Wild Card Wonders
When we say ‘anything goes’ in this category, we mean it. This could be the garden theme, a water feature, an outstanding large, formal garden… or even a shed?
The main thing is that it must have the ‘Wow factor’ which leaves visitors – and on this occasion or judges – discussing it long after a visit. Last year our winners were Maz and David Azzouz of Gerrards Cross who had converted their plot, which included some steep slopes, into a stunning Japanese-style garden with tiers, stepping stones and water features.
Our winners will each receive ‘Friends of Savill Garden’ memberships. This includes:
• Unlimited access for a year to The Savill Garden for you and a guest
• Unlimited parking at The Savill Garden car park all year round
• Regular informative Member newsletters with articles on The Savill Garden
• Early notification of events within The Savill Garden and the wider Great Park
• 10% discount on all items in the Gift Shop when you spend over £10 – excluding books and original artwork
• Invitations to garden visits and walks
Terms and conditions: The competition closes at midday on Tuesday, 1 August 2017. Standard Archant terms and conditions apply and these can be viewed at berkshire-life.co.uk.
About Strutt & Parker
The independent UK property partnership, established in 1885, has a network of over 60 offices and 400 agents throughout England and Scotland, including prime Central London. Locally, their offices in Ascot, Sunningdale, Windlesham, Newbury, Pangbourne and Gerrards Cross cover Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, all of which are proud to be supporting the Glorious Gardens competition for its second year.