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Secret Gardens competition opens

View of period house with beautiful garden in front

Farnham Town Council has launched its Secret Gardens Competition as part of its quest to discover the neighbourhood’s hidden courtyards, fabulous shop fronts, creative container planting and imaginative front and back gardens.

The competition is open to gardeners who live in the Farnham Town Council area. There are eight entry categories to choose from, which include:

  • Best courtyard
  • Best hanging basket or container
  • Best front, back or small garden
  • Best large garden
  • Best public house or hotel
  • Schools’ garden award
  • Best shop front
  • Best wildlife garden

Councillor Stephen Hill, Lead Member for Farnham in Bloom says: “Anybody can enter the Secret Gardens Competition. The categories cover all levels of gardening and an entry in the best hanging basket or container category will be just as welcome as an entry into the best large garden class.

“The judges will be looking for good quality planting, examples of environmental best practice, good garden management and areas for wildlife.”

All entrants will be invited to the Farnham in Bloom Awards’ ceremony in October. The awards will see the presentation of prizes to the winners of the Secret Gardens Competition. The overall winner of each category will receive a trophy, certificate and £50 in garden vouchers. Second and Third place winners will receive certificates and garden vouchers. The judges will present a special award to the Gardener of the Year.

The closing date for entering the Secret Gardens Competition is Wednesday 22 June. Judging will take place between 29 and 30 June and 1 July.

To enter please complete the online application form or call Lara Prior on 01252 712667.


Farnham Town Council is grateful to the sponsors of Farnham in Bloom, which include:

Corporate sponsor: BBS Ltd

Gold sponsors: The Patio Black Spot Removal Company Ltd, Graduate Landscapes, The Farnham Institute, Forest Lodge and Squire’s Garden Centre

Silver sponsor: Bourne Valley Contractors


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