Kent Garden Awards 2019

Entries to the Kent Life Garden Awards are now OPEN!

Deadline for entries: 7 June 2019

Shortlisted gardens will be visited by the judges between 15 and 29 June 2019.

Finalists will be announced in the September edition and winners in the October edition of Kent Life.

The Awards ceremony will take place in September at Hadlow College and are by invitation only.

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.

This year, The Awards are being held in support of Kent Life Charity of the Year, Young Lives Foundation, an independent children’s charity dedicated to delivering quality services tailored to ensure effective outcomes are achieved in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. For more on Young Lives Foundation, visit https://ylf.org.uk/

The finalists in the 2018 Best Primary School Garden category were Kingsdown Primary School, Godinton Primary School and Sutton-at-Hone Primary School.

The winner was Kingsdown Primary School, Kingsdown. The judges commented: “Enthusiasm was great from the youngsters and their plant and gardening knowledge was good (excellent in one particular young man who could explain why we were pinching out sideshoots on the tomato plants!). The space was tidy and well-kept, it ‘felt’ like a garden and made us want to go in and explore and hear what the youngsters had to say.”

The finalists in the 2018 Amateur Garden of the Year category were Goddards Green, Cranbrook, The Mount, Wainscott, Rochester and 43 The Ridings, Chestfield, Whitstable.

The winner was 43 The Ridings, owned by Sylvie Buat-Menard and David Sayers. The judges loved the fact that this garden within a new-build housing estate has only been created over the past 10 years, largely by Sylvie, who only became interested in gardening in her forties. Her Parisian flair is everywhere in a garden that is dry at the front and shaded to the rear and planted with more than 1,000 different plants

The finalists in the 2018 Community Gardens category were The Landmark Garden, Deal, The Quiet View Community Retreat Garden, Kingston and West Kent Mind Community Garden, Sevenoaks

The winner was West Kent Mind Community Garden, Sevenoaks. The judges said: “What makes this the winner is the importance of this space to those among the vulnerable in our society. Whether it be to sit and contemplate amongst supportive friends or to take part in a physical activity with a group of individuals, this community garden has such huge importance and significance to those who use it and need it, that it’s value as a community garden cannot be underestimated.”

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