THE winners of Woburn Sands Town Council Garden Competition 2012 have been revealed.
Judging for the event, which had a special Jubilee theme and was sponsored by Frosts Garden Centre, took place on Friday, July 27.
The gardens were judged by the town council’s Lesley Geddes, the president of Woburn Sands Garden Club Jon Bates and Frost’s Maurice Rust. Extra points were awarded for those which included red, white and blue flowers.
Mr Rust said: “I, on behalf of my fellow judges, would like to thank all those who nominated their fellow gardeners for the competition and recommend that you all take a walk around the town to see these gardens and baskets.”
The full list of winners and runners-up
were as follows:
Third: 11, Elm Grove
A beautiful front garden with mixed borders containing shrubs, roses, herbaceous plants and bedding plants surrounding an established lawn, a rose arch full of climbing roses. All the borders and beds were weed free, roses in flower and the lavender were all buzzing with insects
Second: Theydon Lodge
A stunning border of mixed herbaceous and bedding plants all in full flowers when the judges visited the garden, the borders were so full of flowers that there is not any room for weeds to grow.
The Winner: 75, Elm Grove
A front garden with a magnificent lawn in excellent condition, to the rear of the lawn is a well shaped border with established shrubs, in the front of the border colourful bedding plants of cream Nicotiana and Lobelia all in full flower. A beautiful well cared for garden and is a credit to the owners.
A new trophy introduced last year to celebrate Frosts 65 years of growing in Woburn Sands when the Nursery business was established by Harvy Frost in 1947.
Third: 9, Vicarage Street
A busy garden in a small space. A central paved area surrounded by raised borders with mixed colourful planting, a small pond area with hanging baskets and lots of containers all in full flower. The borders were all weed free and in excellent condition. At the top of the garden is a beautiful well shaped red Acer shrub, in the centre of the paved area is green gazebo with sun loungers and chairs underneath, an ideal area to relax in the shade on a hot sunny day.
Second: 23, Theydon Avenue
Last years winner of this competition, a beautiful garden with a lawn and mixed borders either side full of flowering shrubs, herbaceous, ferns, beddings plants, fruit trees and new this year wild flowers sown from seed to attract butterflies to the garden. Lots of beautiful flowering baskets and containers greet you as you enter the garden, with a fish pond at the bottom of the garden
Winner: 15, Blackthorn Grove
A new entry to the competition. A well established garden with lawns’ mixed borders of flowering shrubs, herbaceous and bedding plants, a gravel garden. Part of the garden is used for growing vegetables with an established apple and pear trees together with a greenhouse. A raised decking area for relaxation is ideal for barbecues and long summer evenings relaxing in the garden, in one border if the garden five established silver birch trees. This was a good all round garden.
Woburn Sands must have some of the most stunning baskets in Buckinghamshire. With so many households being nominated it was a difficult choice for the judges to select the winning baskets.
Third: 29, Vicarage Street
A stunning very large basket of red ivy leaf geraniums and white bacopa all in full flower dominates the front of the house.
Second: 25, Vandyke Close
A very large full basket containing red, white and blue flowers, white geraniums, red petunia and mixed flowering lobelia all out in full flower – the variety String of Pearls and fuchsias all in flower, a good overall rounded basket.
Winner: 37, Cranfield Road
A beautiful and very colourful baskets with red and pink ivy leaved geraniums crowned by three large flowering begonia, one yellow, one red and one orange, This was one of several very beautiful hanging baskets and colourful window boxes in the garden.
After much consideration the judges decided to award this prize to Burlington Hall with 12 stunning hanging baskets and 12 matching widow boxes all fully planted with colourful flowers, of fuchsia, petunia, bidens, bacopa and verbena to name just some of the bedding plants used. Together with the planted beds in front of Burlington Hall it is a great credit to the dedication of Christine, the lady who looks after the gardens. Well worth a visit as you walk along Station Road.
This year the Town Council awarded two one off special prizes to celebrate the Queens Jubilee and the London Olympics
The Jubilee Prize
This prize was given for the best use of Red, White and Blue flowers in baskets or planted in the garden. The garden selected by the judges was 43, Vandyke Close with three very stunning hanging baskets, one containing all red flowers, one containing all white flowers and one containing all blue flowers. Each perfectly rounded basket was in full flower and in excellent condition when the judges visited the garden.
The Olympic Prize
This prize was given for the garden that gives the most floral pleasure to the residents and passers-by.
Winner: 2, Club Cottages
A small front garden familiar to all who pass by planted with beautiful hanging baskets, window boxes and containers containing colour geraniums, petunias and lobelia, this year beautiful black petunia with a yellow ring around the centre of each flower petunias, these have been especially planted to flower around this time of year to represent the Olympic rings In each flower for the games and well as red, white and blue flowers for the jubilee – a credit to the owner and gardener
Prizes will be awarded at the Woburn Sands Band Fayre on Mowbray Green on August 27.