A perfect country garden set in the middle of the Bedfordshire countryside is how judges described the winner of this year’s Garden of the Year competition.
David and Carol Hall of Ireland, near Shefford, won the category for best large back garden and scooped the award for Garden of the Year for the Biggleswade area.
The Garden of the Year event is organised by Frosts Garden Centre and sponsored by the Biggleswade Chronicle.
Judge Maurice Rust described the winning garden as a worthy winner.
A delightedMrs Hall was thrilled to win. She said: “We spend a lot of time in the garden but this year it looked particularly lovely as we hosted our daughter’s wedding reception so the colours of red and white were themed with the wedding.”
The garden features a large lawn with two mature cedar trees colourful borders of trees, shrubs, roses,herbaceous, ferns and colourful bedding plants.
There’s also a relaxing summer house, patio with colourful bedding containers and standard fuchsias, large hanging baskets of red ivy leaf geraniums and greenhouse full of tomato plants and vegetables.
The competition attracted 44 entries in eight categories was which was up on previous years.
A total of six schools also entered with judge, Mr Rust, describing the winning entry from The Hills Academy of Bedford as particularly impressive.
Mr Rust, who has been associated with Frosts for 52 years, and fellow judge James Allen, said the standard of entries overall was high and they were delighted so many people still demonstrated a strong passion and love of gardening.
The presentations were held at Willington Garden Centre with thanks to Mrs Candida Godber who awarded the prizes.
Best Front Garden > Valerie and Malcolm Abrey, The Knolls, Beeston
Jackie Tate, Farm Close, Ampthill
Terry Cox, Laburnum Road, Sandy
Best Large Back Garden
>Mr and Mrs D B Hall, Ireland, Shefford
> Jill Wyer, Ousebank Cottage, River Lane, Milton Ernest
> Valerie and Malcolm Abrey, The Knolls, Beeston
Best Small Back Garden
> Barbara Dilley, Bridge End, Carlton
> Christine Kirkham, Nursery Close, Potton
> Margaret Lockward, Street Close, Carlton
Best Hanging Basket/Container
> Sadie Singh, Tyne Crescent, Bedford est Community Garden
Brandreth/Woodfield/Ovel View Community Alleyway Garden
> C Mackenzie
Best School/Pre-School Garden
>The Hills Academy of Bedford
Best Allotment/Vegetable Garden
> Anthony K Jones, Sherwood Walk, Bedford Best Water Conservation Garden
>Malcolm and Valerie Abrey, The Knolls, Beeston.
Barbara and Eric Dilley of Carlton won the prize for best small back garden and overall Garden of the Year for the Bedford area.