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Best Marlborough gardens – the results are out

The winners of the Marlborough in Bloom garden competition were presented with their awards on Wednesday, July 11, the official judging day for South West in Bloom.  Sponsored by Henry George, Estate Agents, this was the second year of the competition which attracted fourteen entrants, up four from last year.

There were four categories:  Best Garden,  Best Courtyard Garden,  Best Commercial Display Garden and Community Garden, which was introduced to replace the Best Containers and /or Hanging Baskets, with an overall winner.

The competition was organized by Anne Crawley with independent judges, Kena and Sean Magee.  Judging took place on 13 June.

Anne Crawley commented, “Standards were high and in the Courtyard Garden category there were several excellent gardens making it hard to pick the winner.  Gardens were judged for design, planting, cultivation and maintenance, colour coordination and environmental awareness.”

“The judges found it a pleasure to judge these gardens; contestants were very welcoming and there was an excellent community spirit.”

Best Community Garden and Best Overall was awarded to Marlborough and District Housing Association (MDHA) at 10/11 The Green. MDHA was started in 1967 and is a small local Housing Association with 16 flats and houses situated just off The Green in Marlborough and provides sheltered accommodation for those over 55.

Ken Culley, Chairman of the Board, said “We are over the moon and very proud to be recognised for all the hard work that is put in, year round by our dedicated residents.  With particular thanks to Alun Owen, amongst many others.”

The winners, with judges’ comments are :

Best Courtyard Garden:   10 Kingsbury Terrace. Another tiny garden on a difficult site with different levels. Densely planted with hostas, delphiniums, roses, box balls, clematis, jasmine and some annuals. Enlivened with a pair of wire geese. Well maintained and because the best was made of a difficult site in an imaginative way the garden was made.

Best Garden:   Chandlers. A larger garden, which has been established and maintained by the owners for some time. Conventionally laid out with hedges and small areas of lawn, with roses, delphiniums, acer palmatum, indigofera “Silk Road” etc. Very well maintained with crisp edges and paving slabs.

Best Commercial Display:   Bow Belles. This restaurant garden is on several levels with box cubes, a pergola, containers, herbs, roses and a vine. Varied planting, well maintained which is delight.

Best Community Garden and Best Overall:   10/11 The GreenThe gardens comprise the communal areas as well individual gardens adjacent to the owners’ properties. There are densely planted island beds with roses, cornus, astrantias, marigolds etc. and allotments with an impressive range of vegetables grown for residents’ consumption. Very well maintained and a wonderful community spirit.

 

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