Sow the seeds of garden glory

Does your garden have the wow factor? Could your prized plot become Milton Keynes’ Garden of the Year?

If so now’s the time to start digging deep for a chance to earn one of the coveted prizes in the Citizen backed Garden of the Year competition for 2013.

The competition, sponsored by Milton Keynes Council and Frosts Garden Centre, is traditionally launched over the Easter weekend.

There were 49 entries last year but judges are hoping for a better response for 2013 despite the unseasonally cold start to spring.

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

And there will be a chance for school pupils to become even more creative with entries for Best School Container Garden.

Frosts Garden Centre at Woburn Sands will be issuing schools with containers, so look out for further details to be published in the Citizen.

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.

>Look out for details of how to enter in next week’s Citizen.