Gardeners rose to our challenge Presentation ceremony held for top gardeners at Frosts

Jill Wyer, Richard Godber, Mark and Judith Jeffrey, best large back garden, Bedford Garden of the Year.
Jill Wyer, Richard Godber, Mark and Judith Jeffrey, best large back garden, Bedford Garden of the Year.

Gardeners who have created beautiful outdoor spaces have been rewarded for their efforts.

A host of readers entered our Garden of the Year contest, run in association with Frosts at Willington and our sister paper the Biggleswade Chronicle, and on Thursday, September 18, a presentation ceremony was held at the garden centre.

The event was hosted by centre owners Richard and Candida Godber, who presented the awards across a range of categories and also announced the overall winners.

Delighted to be awarded best large back garden prize were Pavenham couple Mark and Judith Jeffery – and they were also Bedford area winners.

The judges, James Allan and Maurice Rust, said they had “a well thought out and superbly landscaped L-shaped sunken garden” featuring much use of gravel, a rose garden edged with box, contrasting with four large Acer bushes in pots, and other areas bordered by a natural hedge. Among runners-up was Jill Wyer of Milton Ernest.

Susan Roberts collected first prize for the hanging basket and container award. Her small garden in Bedford was described as colourful, the winning container including beautiful flowering pink and purple petunias, fuchsias and white bacopa.

Community gardens winner was the Golden Gardens at Goldington, and volunteers Diana Stone and Jim Robinson were on hand to collect the award on behalf of the team of people who care for the plot, created originally from a derelict garage site. Vegetables, a greenhouse and a tea shop to keep gardeners and visitors refreshed make this a site to visit.

Runners-up in the small front garden category were John Mclean from Great Barford and Patricia Winconek from Bedford, with the winner being Mr T. Cox from Sandy.

In the small back gardens section, runners up were Kirk Wing, from Bedford and Polly and Colin Head from Great Barford, who were also runners-up in the large front gardens category. Representing Kirk at the presentation was his partner Lynda Stockwell.

Overall winner for the Biggleswade area was Corinne Calligon, from Sutton, who won the water conservation category.