Slideshow: Garden judges’ discretionary award

Creative gardener Reginald Davis had a special reason to ensure his garden was tip top and looking amazing this year.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 6th September 2013, 4:54 pm
MBTC-28-08-13- Garden of the Year, Judges Discretionary Award. Reginald Davis.
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Reginald Davis ,Stancliffe Rd, Bedford.
MBTC-28-08-13- Garden of the Year, Judges Discretionary Award. Reginald Davis. b13-803 Reginald Davis ,Stancliffe Rd, Bedford.

He and wife Elsie, who are both aged 80, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 1 – and the beautiful setting of their outdoor space provided the perfect party venue.

Family and friends were able to admire the fruits of Reginald’s labours on Saturday, August 3 when the couple hosted a get-together in a marquee for 70 guests.

His efforts have won him the Judges Discretionary Award in this year’s Garden of the Year competition, run with Frosts at Willington.

MBTC-28-08-13- Garden of the Year, Judges Discretionary Award. Reginald Davis. b13-803 Reginald Davis ,Stancliffe Rd, Bedford.

There was plenty for the party guests to admire in this garden off Putnoe Lane which has been designed around a series of themes – including its very own gold mine!

In one area, a Buddha awaits you as he sits in a big pergola.

In another, Reginald has made a Japanese-themed space, while Greek statues are complemented by the colours from Spanish and Mexican areas.

All these features have been built by Reginald, who describes himself as a handyman, and among all this building work he has had time to grow some wonderful shrubs and perennials, plus create a number of hanging baskets.

A number of arches he has made are home to climbers and these lead visitors through the different features.

The couple, who have three children, eight grand-children and eight great-grandchildren, make sure they have time to enjoy their garden too.

Reginal said: “I have never entered the competition before, but I like to keep the garden looking nice.

“Our neighbour Nina talked me into sending a photo and I’m very pleased to have this award.”