HOW does your garden grow? That’s the question The Star is asking as we launch our exciting new gardening competition.
We want to hear from green-fingered enthusiasts who take pride in their flower beds, hanging baskets, plants and lawns – and there are top prizes on offer for the lucky winners.
Gardeners can enter five categories, the first being courtyard or patio gardens, 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. He said the competition was a ‘great idea’.
“It gives people who are interested in gardening something to focus on,” he said.
Neil will be providing gardening tips every week in The Star to help entrants improve their chances of success, alongside step-by-step videos online at www.thestar.co.uk
“I want to see well-grown plants full of flowers, with good colour co-ordination,” Neil said.
“People can garden on balconies that are 8ft by 4ft and it can be just as colourful as the biggest garden.”
Ian Turner, curator at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, is also set to be a judge.
“From a horticultural point of view, I’m looking at how people use the space well,” Ian said.
“I love the unusual things that are different. It’s good to see other people who are so passionate about gardening.”
Over the next 10 weeks in Saturday’s edition we will be bringing you a weekly guide to how to get your garden in tip-top condition.
Jeremy Clifford, Editor of The Star, said: “People don’t need to be particularly green-fingered to get involved.
“This competition is ideal for all enthusiastic amateurs who are proud of the efforts they put into their gardens.”
ENTER YOUR GARDEN:
To enter, send photos of your garden in jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name, address and contact number, and clearly stating which category you are entering - courtyard or patio, window boxes, containers or hanging baskets, garden of less than 100 sq yards, garden of more than 100 sq yards or shops and pubs.
Gardens must be in The Star’s circulation area - South Yorkshire, North East Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. Closing date July 2.
Photos will be printed in a special supplement and then put to a readers’ vote before judging.