The competition to find Farnham’s best secret gardens has finished for this year. We were looking for shop fronts bedecked with floral arrangements, imaginative front and back gardens, wildlife havens, beautiful courtyards, pub gardens with a difference and creative hanging baskets and containers throughout Farnham and the surrounding area.

The categories

There were eight categories to enter

How the entries were judged

Judges gave a score for planting, lawns, hedges, vegetables, provision for wildlife and environmental measures such as compost areas and water conservation.


A £50 gardening voucher and trophy was awarded to the winner of the first prize in each category. Certificates and garden vouchers were awarded to those who come second and third. We are grateful to Squire’s Garden Centre, Forest Lodge Garden Centre and The Patio Black Spot Removal Company for sponsoring the prizes.

…and the winners are

Best Courtyard Category

 Gold Award       Mrs J Forbes
 Silver Award       Bells Solicitors
 Silver Award       Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society
 Bronze Award       Mr J Durham
 Highly Commended       Mr and Mrs Webster

Best Large Garden Category

 Gold Award                     Mr A S Hill – Reid
 Silver Award                     Mr and Mrs M Lyons


Best Front,Back or Small Garden Category

 Gold Award         Mr and Mrs Webster
 Silver Award         Mrs L Allison
 Bronze Award         Mr and Mrs M.Billetts
 Bronze Award         Mrs J Miller
 Highly Commended         Mr D Larby
        Mrs Mansfield
        Mrs L Richardson


Best Public House

Gold Award           The Nelson
Silver Award           The Hop Blossom
Bronze Award           The Jolly Sailor
Highly Commended           The Queens Head


Best Hanging Basket/ Container

Gold Award            Ms N Hope
Silver Award            Mr and Mrs Webster
Bronze Award            Mrs Collins
Highly Commended            Mrs M Sefton
           Mrs M Rees


Schools Award

Gold Award                      Badshot Lea Infant School
Silver Award                      Weybourne Infant School
Bronze Award                      Folly Hill Infant School


Best Wildlife Garden

Gold Award                             Mr and Mrs Webster


Gardener of the Year Award

… to be announced at the presentation evening.