School children make a major contribution towards the success of Farnham in Bloom. To get children involved and interested in their environment we run a number of competitions and activities aimed at children.

How children get involved

Hanging basket competition

Local school children visit our greenhouses and plant several hanging baskets. One basket is kept for display in Central car park while the others are looked after in school by the children.

In July, the Mayor of Farnham visits the participating schools to judge the baskets.

Scarecrow competition

Children are challenged to design and build a scarecrow. It can be traditional or a fictional character from a book or film. The Mayor will choose the winning creation in late June.

Grow the tallest sunflower

Children are challenged to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. The sunflowers are measured in early September.

Grow the largest pumpkin

We provide three pumpkin plants to each school that wishes to take part in this competition. We visit in late September to measure the pumpkins and to find out who managed to grow the largest one!

Flower in a boot

A competition that will see children being challenged to put their best foot forward, get creative and grow a flower in a boot! See our flower in a boot if you would like to try this out at home for fun. The schools’ entries are judged in early July.

Secret Gardens

For many schools, the garden plays a very important part in school life. Some use it as an outdoor space for quiet play while others use it as a resource to learn about plants and to observe wildlife. We hope to see some of these gardens entered into the next Secret Gardens competition.

Schools’ competitions Results 2019


1st – Abbey School

2nd– Badshot Lea Infant School

3rd– South Farnham Infant School

Very highly Commended – Westchester Nursery

Very highly Commended – St Andrew’s Infant School

Highly commended– Potters Gate Primary School

Flower in a Boot

1st– South Farnham Junior School

2nd–Folly Hill Infant School

3rd– Badshot Lea Infant School

Very highly Commended – South Farnham Infant School

Highly commended– Potters Gate Primary School

Commended – Tootsies Nursery

Commended – Westchester Nursery

Secret Gardens – Best School Garden

1st– Badshot Lea Infant School

2nd– St Mary’s Infant School

3rd– Abbey School

Highly commended– Tootsies Nursery

Commended – St Andrew’s Infant School

Best Anti-Litter Poster 

1st– South Farnham InfantSchool

2nd– Abbey School

3rd– Folly Hill Infant School

Very highly Commended – Badshot Lea Infant School

Gardening workshops

In April and October we hold a number of free gardening workshops aimed at children.