Award scheme launched to find the best creative gardeners

The “Not Your Average Gardener” awards, to find the best and most dedicated gardeners from Suffolk and beyond, has been launched by Dobbies, the garden centre business which has a store in Bury St Edmunds.

It is on the look out to reward gardeners for their creativity and commitment to making the UK a brighter place through their gardens and is encouraging peeple to get involved and nominate the talented people in their lives. Whether it’s a family member, friend, neighbour or even themselves, the competition is open to amateur gardeners across the country.

Categories include Best Community Gardener, Best Mini Garden Makeover and Most Instagrammable Garden.

Young gardeners are also being encouraged to get involved and submit entries for Best Young Gardener, for under-16s, and Best Little Seedling for those aged 10 and under. There’s also a category dedicated to finding Dobbies’ Best New Gardener 2021, with novice gardeners urged to enter and showcase their newly-honed skills.

The awards will be judged by gardener, journalist and Dobbies’ podcast host Louise Midgely, and Dobbies’ horticultural director, Marcus Eyles.

Entries can be submitted via the Dobbies’ website, with winners being awarded £250 to spend in their Bury St Edmunds or Woodbridge stores, plus a one-to-one gardening consultation with the judges to advise them on how to maximise their garden in 2021 and beyond.

Marcus Eyles, horticulture director at Dobbies, said: “Gardening has proven benefits for our health and wellbeing and at Dobbies, we’re delighted to see so many more people getting involved with gardening over the past year.

“These awards will allow us to celebrate those who love gardening and those who show promise as potential gardening superstars. We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful gardens from entrants in Suffolk.”

The competition is open until May 28, 2021.

To enter or make a nomination, visit the Dobbies’ website and complete a simple form. All nominations will be reviewed by the judges, with prizes being awarded for the winners in each category during a virtual awards ceremony in the summer.

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