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Garden in bloom awards

Whatever the weather brings the borough's gardeners have proven that they can rise to any challenge mother nature decides to throw at them.

The Garden in Bloom award scheme, run in connection with the national Britain in Bloom competition and was introduced in 1992 to acknowledge the important contribution private front gardens make to the appearance of a town or village.

Gardens are assessed by participating borough councillors or Parish Councils.

The criteria for nominations are as follows:

  • Awards are for front gardens only,
  • The garden or display can be any size, but must be visible to passers-by
  • The garden will be judged on impact, overall design including use of space and colour, originality and variety of plants, upkeep and presentation, and any special features including water conservation measures.

Nominations are taken during May and June by filling in an online nomination form. 

Gardens are judged and awards distributed from the May until mid July.

There is a ward winner and runner up selected for each of the wards of the Royal Borough who participate.  Prizes for the ward winners and runner ups are presented by local councillors. The awards are sponsored by Farnham Common Nurseries.