The results are in - a round of applause, please, for our winners! Photos coming soon.
BEST FRONT GARDEN – Prizes by Perrywood
3rd place: Peter Webb
Judges loved the design of the garden, which encourages visitors to explore further, thanks to a variety of curved beds and borders which thread throughout the space.
2nd place: Joy King
Joy King has made excellent use of a small space. The planting was vibrant and colourful, and traditional cottage plants such as Roses, Dahlias and Peonies filled the borders alongside annual Rudbeckias and Cosmos.
1st place: Fred Godding
Successfully defending his title! Fred’s garden combined functionality with a bright and impressive floral display. Sweeping beds of flowers surrounded a gravel parking area. There was a huge variety of planting including exotic plants and a number of unusual shrubs, alongside more commonly grown plants.
BEST BACK GARDEN – Prizes by Waitrose
3rd place: Lorna Hinds
Lorna Hind has created a very cheerful space at the back of her house.
The basic structure is low maintenance, and she had used this to her advantage to focus her efforts on maintaining colourful planting to a high standard. She must also be commended for caring for a communal space in her street.
2nd place James Iannone
James Iannone’s garden epitomised the spirit of In Bloom. He had transformed a rundown communal area into a haven for himself and his neighbours. A high wall was covered with a glorious display of well-planted wall baskets and decorations, and all over the paving was an eclectic array of planters. Judges were impressed with the dedication to the garden: a hose was seen dangling from a first-floor apartment window!
1st place: Peter Scott
Our winning entry was a real adventure of a garden. Long and narrow, it has been divided into sections, and it appeared every plant department of the garden centre had been raided in its making! The outside-the-box thinking that had gone into the design was much enjoyed by our judges.
BEST COMMERICAL PREMISES – Prize by LAC Cleaning
Winner – Yorley Barn Nursery School
We were delighted the nursery put themselves forward to show all the wonderful work done by the children. We were very pleased to hear how much they enjoy their gardening activities, and hope it will spark a lifelong interest for them.
TALLEST SUNFLOWER – Prizes by Drage & Tozer opticians
Sudbury in Bloom were able to hand out dozens of sunflower seedlings to Sudbury & Cornard youngsters. They haven’t all come back to us with their measurements but we hope they had positive experiences growing them! Our horticultural expert Mark Mason is convinced he has grown the tallest sunflower in Sudbury but as he didn’t meet the criteria of being aged under 10 we couldn’t let him enter!
2nd Lottie Piot
1st St Gregory School nursery class
BEST CONTAINER OR POT – Prizes by McDonalds
This was a category where our judges struggled to compare such varied entries. We saw many impressive collections, lots of different plants and some very creative approaches as to what can be used as a container!
3rd Colette Bentley
Probably the entry furthest from the beaten track: an old chest of drawers planted up with succulents!
2nd Lorna Hinds
Awarded for the overall quality of her varied collection of containers.
1st Anne Vale
Anne’s entry had the wow factor with an abundance of summer bedding plants overflowing from her pots.
BEST HANGING BASKET – Prizes by Bridge Farm Plants of Monks Eleigh
3rd James Iannone
Judges were wowed by the mass of colourful flowers he had used to cheer up his outside space.
2nd Peter Day
A creative approach with handcrafted brackets and containers.
1st Peter Webb
Simple planting but done with aplomb!
BEST WILDLIFE & ECO-FRIENDLY GARDEN – Prizes by Ipswich Building Society
We were delighted to see wildlife and eco features in all the gardens we visited, regardless of category, including lots of waterbutts, compost heaps, bird feeders, and water features.
Judges were faced with difficult decisions in this category as entries were so different in size and aspect.
3rd Colette Bentley
Described by our judges as a lovely garden, the space has been designed to be enjoyed by people and wildlife alike.
2nd Steve Laws
Another excellent garden with a glorious display of wildflowers at the time of our judges’ visit
1st John Hughes
A well-organised garden with lots of feeding. Highlights included a swathe of wildflowers and a pond suitable for all sorts of visitors.