Earlier this year we partnered with BBC Gardeners’ World magazine for our Garden of the Year competition, celebrating Britain’s best private gardens.
The results are in!
But there’s one final stage and this is where you come in! We’re handing it over to the public to pick the winner of the People’s Choice award.
We have the three winners from each category, and it’s over to you to pick your overall favourite.
By voting, you’ll automatically be entered into our draw to win 1 of 5 £100 prizes of Cobra equipment.
The winners were:
Family Plot – Magda D’Ingeo, Surrey
Magda is a passionate gardener, but the arrival of her daughter (now four) made her see her 8m x 12m new-build plot through fresh eyes. Hidden among the greenery are areas for children to discover: a scented bower with rope swing and a vine-covered treehouse. It was designed as a whole, so has unity and practicality with multi-tasking spaces such as the sandpit that turns into a cocktail table.
“I wanted a natural playground to entice her outdoors, stimulate her imagination and senses, and share my love of plants with her. So in 2015 I redesigned it as a ‘garden within a garden’.”
Wildlife Garden – Pam Woodall, Dorset
Faced with an impenetrable jungle of brambles, fallen trees, rubbish and junk, Pam had a hard task ahead in creating the wildlife haven she has today. Developed in keeping with the natural environment, Pam opened up the ‘jungle’ to reveal plants, to which she added more, mainly from seed or division. The result is a tranquil place with ponds, lush vegetation and vibrant flowers, teeming with wildlife including amphibians, birds, squirrels, insects, badgers and deer.
“The garden is still evolving, but the transformation in only three years is amazing. Derek the deer and Wallace the woodpecker certainly seem to appreciate it.”
Small Space – Steve Moodey, Oxfordshire
When Steve began cultivating his 23m x 8m garden seven years ago, he first had to clear it of the old equipment, waste and debris left by its previous owners. Steve created areas of shade and micro-climates in order to grow tender tropicals in his south-facing space, and experimented with plants and overwintering techniques. The garden is overlooked by the neighbouring houses, so secluded areas were added for privacy. Steve opens his garden for charity, but most of the time he uses it as a space to “unwind, lose myself and play outside as an adult.”
Congratulations to all of our winners, and the runners up who were Juan Carlos Cure, Cathy Harrison, Joanne Palmer, Richard Prior, Geoff Stonebanks and Jeremy Young.