Guildford in Bloom 2023
Now closed for entries
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Entries have now closed! The judges will be out and about over the next few weeks - so do look out for them. Where necessary they will be in touch to make appointments but for Front Gardens and Allotments this is not necessary. Put 5 September in yuor diary for our Awards Night - and look out for your invitation in due course.
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, Restaurant or Business 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, residents' 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. (Take a look at Guildford Beekeeper Association Free Talks for Groups)
Best Themed Garden Award
This year our theme is For King and Countryside. 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 For King and Countryside - we want to see references to the coronation of King Charles III but it is essential that at least 5 elements in the garden are dedicated to the conservation and attraction of wildlife. Note: dates of the school competition are different from the main competition. Full details can be found on our Schools In Bloom page
To find out more - read our Judging Criteria
2023 Theme - For King and Countryside
This year our theme, although centred around the Coronation of King Charles III which takes place on 6 May 2023 – just before the closing dates for our competitions, will embrace causes close to The King’s heart.
King Charles III has campaigned passionately throughout his time as Prince of Wales for wildlife and the countryside. So this year we are rewarding gardens and allotments that have a number of elements to attract and protect bees, butterflies, bugs and other wildlife.
To qualify for a Themed Garden Award – and for the Schools in Bloom competition you can include any interpretation of the Coronation but must also include (5) of the following (10) features.
A Nectar Café – plants for bees, butterflies and other pollinators
Bug Hotel or log pile
Water Source for birds and wildlife – making sure it includes stones so insects can climb out
Be part of a Hedgehog Corridor
We will also be looking for a plastic free environment unless the plastic item is being recycled i.e. milk bottles used as planters, plastic cloches, poly tunnels etc. Additional points are given for Peat Free Gardens
To Help You
The Guildford in Bloom Gardening Competition is open to all borough residents, 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.
Entries must be received by Sunday 18 June 2023; simply choose a category, let us know if you are a young gardener, choose to theme or not to theme, you can enter only one category per site/address; email your entry details to firstname.lastname@example.org;
Judging takes place between 28 June – 16 July 2023; 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); Read full Judging Criteria here
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 5 September 2023; 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 and we always advise that you let them know.
Younger gardeners and students in full time education will receive special recognition for entering. There will also be a special award for the best “For King and Countryside” themed garden / allotment. Let us know if you are a young gardener and/or theming your garden.
The School Gardening Competition runs alongside the main competition. The theme is “For King and Countryside”, and the closing date is 21 May 2023. Schools should register their entry by email at email@example.com
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6 July 2023 School in Bloom Awards *Note Date Change*
28 June to 16 July 2023 Guildford in Bloom Competition Judging
5 September 2023 Guildford in Bloom Competition Awards Ceremony.