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Melanie Sargent's garden on Carsick Hill Crescent

Melanie Sargent's garden on Carsick Hill Crescent

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ALL this sunny weather is great news for the region’s gardens - and to take advantage of the favourable conditions, The Star has extended its exciting gardening competition for another week.

Readers have been sending in stunning photos of their prized flower beds, hanging baskets, plants and lawns for the past three months.

But following the recent sunshine, competition organisers have decided to extend the deadline until Monday, August 6, giving green-fingered enthusiasts another chance to submit pictures of their glorious gardens - and there are goodies on offer for the lucky winners.

The contest has five categories, the first being courtyards and patios, while there are also prizes in store for the best window boxes, containers or hanging baskets.

There are categories for small gardens of less than 100 sq yards and larger gardens of more than 100 sq yards.

Finally, shops and pubs with attractive horticultural displays can also enter.

The winner of each category will receive a £100 gift voucher from Ferndale Garden Centre, and runners-up will get £50, with £25 for gardeners in third place.

Prizewinners will also be presented with The Star’s coveted Golden Gnome trophy.

Neil Grant, managing director of the Dronfield firm, will be helping to judge the entries and has been providing readers with a range of useful tips.

He said the competition was a ‘great idea’, adding: “It gives people who are interested in gardening something to focus on.”

Ian Turner, curator at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens, is also set to be a judge, and said: “It’s good to see other people who are so passionate about gardening.”

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