Judges check out blooming marvellous town gardens

Judging of Aylesbury in Bloom in entants - pictured is judge Sandra Ferguson in a garden in Hinds Way, Aylesbury
Judging of Aylesbury in Bloom in entants - pictured is judge Sandra Ferguson in a garden in Hinds Way, Aylesbury

Aylesbury’s best gardens have now been judged, with the winners due to be announced at a ceremony tomorrow.

The competition for residents has been running for 10 years and judges the best front, back, wildlife and container gardens.

Judging of Aylesbury in Bloom in entants - pictured is judge Sandra Ferguson in a garden in Hinds Way, Aylesbury

Judging of Aylesbury in Bloom in entants - pictured is judge Sandra Ferguson in a garden in Hinds Way, Aylesbury

The judging team, which included town councillors Brian Roberts and Barbara Russell as well as a previous winner, Sandra Ferguson, visited gardens in the town last week.

Elements they were looking for included the quality, impact and colour of planting in flower beds, the design of the garden and how well it fitted into its surroundings.

Also considered are the general upkeep of the garden, with an absence of weeds, the position of hanging baskets and window boxes to complement the surroundings, the range and use of flowers and plants used to attract wildlife, as well as extra features such as bird feeders, bat/bird boxes and log piles to attract a range of wildlife.

One of the entrants, Katharine Allen from Oakwood Park, has won several prizes in previous years and was entering for the fourth time.

She said: “I enjoy the freedom of gardening and escaping from the pressures of running a business. I love the way my garden is an extension of my home, I have a chimenea and a lot of patio furniture and can happily sit out until two in the morning.”

The competition winners will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) at an awards presentation evening at World’s End Garden Centre in Wendover.

There were 13 entries this year, double the amount from last year.

Aylesbury Town Council runs the awards.