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Secret Gardens

Large garden, flower beds to left and right, summer house and bench in background and patio in foreground.

The annual competition to find Farnham's best secret gardens and gardeners.


The Secret Gardens of Farnham is an annual competition to find Farnham’s best secret gardens. We look for imaginative front and back gardens, wildlife havens, beautiful courtyards and creative hanging baskets and containers.

See the winners of the 2020 Secret Gardens Competition.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to gardeners who live in Farnham.

The categories

There are ten categories, which include:

  • Best courtyard
  • Best hanging basket or container
  • Best front, back or small garden
  • Best large garden
  • Best vegetable garden
  • Best wildlife garden
  • Best pub or hotel
  • Best care home garden
  • Best business premises
  • 2021 Madge Green Community Garden Award

Judging criteria

The judges look for:

  • Planting, annual bedding, shrub borders and other general planting
  • Lawns
  • Hedges
  • Vegetables
  • Compost areas
  • Areas for wildlife – from bird boxes to bug hotels
  • Environmental best practice – use of peat-free compost and rainwater harvesting

2021 Secret Garden Competition is now closed. Results will be announced in late September. 

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