Great Gardens 2016

After a long (but lovely) summer visiting our gardens, we presented our category winners with their prizes at an event on Friday 14 October at Lindengate.

Tallest Sunflower

This year we received 18 outstanding applications across the categories, so choosing just one winner was very tricky - our judges had their work cut out for them! Our thanks go to everyone who entered their garden or sunflower, they were all beautiful - despite the challenging growing conditions this year, and the army of slugs and snails that appeared across the county!

Tallest Sunflower - Brian Cobbold

Standing at well over 3m, and much taller than our measuring stick, Brian's sunflower towered over our Grounds Maintenance Contractor Phillip Stephenson!
Best Edible Garden

Best Edible Garden - Irene Chinoda

Irene's entry included a wide variety of fruit and veg - including corn, tomatoes and marrows! Irene's garden produces a bumper crop that she shares with neighbours, and it was excellent to see homemade compost being used.

Best Communal Garden - Brooks Court, Buckingham

Judges comments included, "Really fantastic" and "Brilliant" - a glowing recommendation. Brooks Court's garden includes fruit and vegetables amongst the shrubs, roses, perennials and annuals, and is tended by passionate and committed residents. This garden has transformed over the last few years into a "truly lovely garden".

Best Garden - Mr Robert Baker

Our judges chose Robert's garden as our Best Garden this year due to it's beautiful design, in a difficult area. They commented on the excellent use of space, with shaded and sunny areas - and immaculate husbandry - with razor sharp edging.

Best Gardener - Alan Carter - 2016 Great Gardens Best Gardener - Mr Alan Carter

Alan's garden and attitude captivated our judges, and photos really don't do justice to this beautiful garden. The garden is a difficult environment with lots of shade, and little sun, but is full of ingenious and creative surprises and includes a fabulous pond. All the planting feels in harmony with the natural environment, including shade loving foliage and featuring lots of recycled material.