Gardening awards growing closer

Aylesbury gardeners are busy digging into their biggest challenge of the year.

The Aylesbury in Bloom Garden Competition returns this springtime, inviting gardeners of all skill levels to showcase their green fingers.

Organised by the town council, this annual event encourages residents, organisations, businesses and schools in Aylesbury to showcase their floral flair.

Participants are encouraged to begin planning their plots as warmer weather approaches, as judges are due to visit gardens in June, July and August.


* For residents: Front Garden, Back Garden, Balcony Garden, Wildlife Garden, Edible Garden;
* For businesses and organisations: Communal Garden, Edible Communal Garden;
* For schools: Learning/Educational Garden, Container Garden, Wildlife Garden, Edible Garden. This year, schools are invited to participate in a new Creative Cress Competition, adding a fun and educational twist.

All entrants are invited to an awards evening and will receive a certificate with a bronze, silver, silver gilt, or gold award.

Previous Gold Award winner Henk Swanepoel said: ‘For anyone thinking about entering the competition for the first time, I would say just do it. It’s awesome fun and hugely rewarding.

‘My advice would be to make sure you have a variety of plants so that your garden looks great in the winter as well.’

Judges will also grant commendations and present the following special awards:

* Rose Bowl: Best overall garden in the residents’ class;
* Mayor’s Cup: Best overall communal garden in organisations and businesses class.
* Spade Award: Best overall winner in the schools’ class.

The awards evening with take place on Thursday 27 June for schools and Thursday 26 September for residents, businesses and organisations.

To view more information about each category, judges’ criteria and online application form, visit

To request a paper copy of the application form, call 01296 425678 or email The deadline for applications is Friday 17 May 2024.

Michael Anthony Estate Agents are supporting the competition.

A hanging basket from Aylesbury High School