Guildford in Bloom 2022 Competition is now closed for another year

Our judges are going through all the fantastic entries and planning their route for judging between 27 June and 15 July.  Preparations are also being made for our Awards on 6 September 2022.

List of Categories:


Best Front Garden - Sponsored by Sally Rule Property

Your garden must be visible to the public from the footpath.  It will be judged on design, colour, quality of plants, and all year-round interest.  Gardens will be divided into small or large category

Best Allotment & Vegetable/Kitchen Gardens - Sponsored by Guildford Allotment Society

Judged on the variety and quality of vegetables grown, evidence of good horticultural practice, use of space and sustainable management.  All allotment plots entered must have the plot number clearly on display or you may not be judged.

Best Garden for Wildlife

Open to all gardens including businesses and smaller community projects where the design, choice of plants and management is especially welcoming to wildlife.

Best Site for Nature Conservation

This category is suited to larger areas of private or public land where the aim is to protect and conserve wildlife habitats and species population.

Best Pub in Bloom - Sponsored by Guildford Pubwatch 

We are looking for a well balanced design, good use of colour and quality planting.

Best Container Garden - Sponsored by Guildford Financial

Open to balconies and gardens that are based on pots and baskets.  Must be visible to the public.

Best Neighbourhood Project

This category recognises projects that green up the local area and include those organised by sheltered accommodation, village halls, resident’s associations, parish councils, voluntary groups, and charities etc.  Judges will be looking for good design, colour, and plant quality as well as input from residents or the community.

Best Themed Garden Award

This year our theme is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  The best themed garden, allotment, container or project will win the Dorothy Walden Award

Young Gardener Award

Awarded for entries from young people aged 11-21 years in full time education.

Best School in Bloom - Sponsored by Edwins Garden Centre

This year our theme is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  We are looking for imaginatively themed gardens or novel containers.  Children’s involvement in the design, planting and upkeep and meeting the theme of the competition will score high marks.  Note: dates of the school competition are different from the main competition.  Full details can be found on our Schools In Bloom page


·         The Guildford in Bloom Gardening Competition is open to all residents of Guildford Borough, schools, community groups and businesses – anyone who loves gardening and wants to help make Guildford and our surrounding villages even more beautiful places to live, work and visit. 

·         Judging takes place between 27 June – 15 July; it is not possible to advise individual entrants of the exact day and time of judging (with the exception of kitchen gardens, wildlife gardens, Nature Conservation and neighbourhood project categories);

·         Judges will not be available to discuss individual entries; the judges' decision is final;

·         Winners will be notified by email and invited to the Awards Show which takes place on
6 September 2022 (subject to Coronavirus); a list of winners will be published on our website; photographs of your garden may be used for marketing purposes.



If you have a friend, neighbour, family member, local school or pub with a beautiful garden, you are welcome to nominate them. We will need the address nominated as well as the nominee.


Special Awards:

Younger gardeners and students in full time education will receive special recognition for entering. There will also be a special award for the best Queen’s Platinum Jubilee themed garden / allotment. Let us know if you are a young gardener and/or theming your garden.


School Gardening Competition:

The Schools Gardening Competition runs alongside the main competition. The theme is Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


Website And Social Media:

You can also see details of the 2021 category winners.

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Diary Dates

29 June 2022    :     School in Bloom Awards

27 June to 15 July 2022     :     Guildford in Bloom Competition Judging

6 September 2022      :      Guildford in Bloom Competition Awards Ceremony.