Calling gardeners - time to enter for Garden of the Year Competition

Garden of the Year winner 2013 Kirk Wing.
Garden of the Year winner 2013 Kirk Wing.

Is your garden the greatest in this part of the world?

The 2014 Times & Citizen Garden of the Year Competition is well underway and there is still time for green-fingered readers to share your horticultural enthusiasm.

We are delighted to once again team up with our friends at Frosts at Willington for this annual search for our finest gardens.

There’s a host of categories you can compete in – and some great prizes to be won.

There are sections for household gardens, community initiatives, schools and allotments.

And if you don’t have a garden? Well, we have a category for hanging baskets, too!

A full list of categories appears on this page.

From these, the judges will also select the overall Times & Citizen Garden of the Year.

It’s free to enter.

Simply take a colour photo of your garden looking its best.

Then complete an entry form, available shortly on our website, or from Frosts at Willington.

The closing date is Monday, June 30.

Judges will inspect a shortlist of gardens after the closing date.

Marks will be awarded for the overall impression – how pleasing it is to the eye, and how well the overall design works in relation to the size of your garden.

Judges will consider planting; the variety, colour, overall maintenance and general health.

And there will be close attention paid to sustainability – the use of composting, recycling of water, encouragement of wildlife, and fruit and vegetables.

Allotments or vegetable gardens will be judged on uniformity, composting, the mixture of crops and cleanliness, ie free of weeds and pests.

Garden of the Year is run by Frosts at Willington with the Times & Citizen and our sister title the Biggleswade Chronicle.

Categories include:

>> Small front garden under 50sq m

>> Large back garden over 70sqm

>> Small back garden under 70sqm

>> Hanging baskets/ containers

>> Community garden

>> Allotment/vegetable garden

>> Drought tolerant/water conservation garden

>> School/pre-school garden

>> School/pre-school containers

An overall winner will be chosen from the above by the judges.