Kent Garden Awards 2018

The ninth annual Kent Life Garden Awards are now open.

We have three categories for you to enter – Amateur Garden of the Year, Primary School Garden of the Year and Community Garden of the Year.

We are delighted that our two main sponsors Coolings Garden Centre, based in Knockholt, and Hadlow College – in particular its Broadview Garden Centre and Tea Rooms – are supporting the awards again. Without our sponsors the event simply can’t happen.

The finalists in the 2017 Best Primary School Garden category were Chattenden Primary School, St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School, Sevenoaks and Warren Road Primary School, Orpington.

The winner was St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School, Sevenoaks. The judges commented: “The sunflowers grown in the garden are called ‘Just for Joy’ and this sums up the children’s attitude to growing and gardening, and everything that is associated with the natural world.”

The finalists in the 2017 Amateur Garden of the Year category were St Clements House in Sandwich, Crowmarsh House in Wateringbury and Rock Cottage at Bilsington. The winner was Yvonne and David Marks’ tiny but delightful garden at Crowmarsh House, Wateringbury. The judges said: “Every plant has a role to play in the garden, carefully chosen and thought through. The textures of the plants complement each other perfectly and there’s the trick of using big specimens in a small garden that creates a sense of scale and drama.”

The finalists in the 2017 Community Gardens category were Sandown Castle Community Garden, Deal, Windmill Community Garden, Margate and Stream Walk Community Garden, Whitstable. The winner was Windmill Community Garden in Margate. The judges said: “The atmosphere of peace and calm all over this garden reflects in the people who both run it, and those who work with them from this very deprived part of Margate. All of them are involved in everything and take enormous pleasure in showing guests around and displaying their significant knowledge in what they grow.”

The Awards are held in support of Kent Life Charity of the Year, ellenor, the only charity in Kent to provide both adult and children’s hospice care. It is now in its 34th year. For more on ellenor, click here.

Some of last year’s finalists and winners are pictured above, together with happy scenes from the afternoon tea ceremony held at Hadlow.