Lessons in gardening could win your school a major prize

Garden Of The Year award winners''1. Best School :    Stanton Middle School'2. Gardener Of The Year :  Ed Wheatley of Stanton School'3. Best Large Front Garden:  Mary Stone'4. Best Large Back Garden:  Gordon & Rosemary Farr'5. Best Small Front Garden:  T Haseldine'6. Best Community Garden :  MK Arts For Help'7. Best Newcomer :  T Haseldine'8. Best Housing Association Garden : Richard Willey'9. Best Concil Tennant :   Jackie Tyler'10. Best Allotment : John Young
Garden Of The Year award winners''1. Best School : Stanton Middle School'2. Gardener Of The Year : Ed Wheatley of Stanton School'3. Best Large Front Garden: Mary Stone'4. Best Large Back Garden: Gordon & Rosemary Farr'5. Best Small Front Garden: T Haseldine'6. Best Community Garden : MK Arts For Help'7. Best Newcomer : T Haseldine'8. Best Housing Association Garden : Richard Willey'9. Best Concil Tennant : Jackie Tyler'10. Best Allotment : John Young
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Does your school have its own garden? It could be a flower or vegetable garden or even a wild garden.

If so your school could be a line for a prize as part of the Citizen’s Garden of the Year Competition for 2013.

The competition, sponsored by Milton Keynes Council and Frosts Garden Centre, is calling on schools to get digging and start sowing the seeds of success.

A handful of schools have already entered as the competition hots up but judges are hoping more pupils will be keen to demonstrate their green-fingered pursuits and follow in the footsteps of Stanton Middle School which won the category last year.

If you think your school could do better now’s your chance to become creative in the category for Best School Container Garden.

To help pop into Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands which is handing out

containers for your school garden to get you started.

Other categories include Best Large/Small Garden, Best Allotment, Best Community Garden, and Best Hanging Basket Floral Frontage.

People can enter as many categories as they wish and entries are welcome from those with a range of gardening skill and experience.

Last year’s overall winners Gordon and Rosemary Farr, clinched the top prize for their spectacular long narrow garden which held a ‘surprise around every corner’.

Judges Maurice Barnes, (MK Council), and Maurice Rust (Frosts), were impressed with the variety of planting, in particular the cutting garden which featured superb flowering dahlias, an alpine garden, several water features, and a stunning courtyard full of shrubs, flowering herbaceous plants and colourful bedding.

The couple, of Bletchley, also won the Best Large Back Garden category.

If you were inspired and think your green fingers can match their winning efforts now’s your chance to have a go.

>Entry forms, to be accompanied by a colour photograph of your entry, are available from Frosts, the council’s Civic offices, and the Citizen website www.miltonkeynes.co.uk