Swindon Gardeners invited to vie for big prizes

By Barrie Hudson - 4 August 2022

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  • Competition judges Marcus Eyles and Jo Whiley

    Competition judges Marcus Eyles and Jo Whiley

Garden centre Dobbies is on the lookout for Swindon’s best gardeners with its Not Your Average Gardener Awards.

According to recent research 76 percent of British people couldn’t wait to get back into the garden. 

Dobbies’ Swindon store is now looking to tap into this interest and discover the talent out there through its awards. 

A team of star gardening enthusiasts will be judging the awards, including broadcaster, Jo Whiley, Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, ITV This Morning’s Daisy Payne and Dobbies’ Ambassador and gardening influencer Henry Agg. 

Dobbies is looking to celebrate four gardeners, all with a passion for planting in their own unique way, with up to £5,000-worth of prizes and a virtual consultation with Marcus Eyles on how best to maximise their space. 

Jo Whiley said: “Gardening is a huge passion of mine, and I would encourage anyone to try it as a hobby. Being out in your green space, no matter the size, is a great chance to take a moment for your own wellbeing. 

“I’m really excited to be on Dobbies’ judging panel this year. Whether a houseplant enthusiast, a keen gardener growing fruit and vegetables on an apartment balcony, a child discovering ways to make their green space bloom or gardening newbie creating plant borders, I’m excited to hear how Brits are giving gardening a go no matter their space or experience.”

Sustainability is at the core of the awards and Dobbies’ Swindon store is searching for those who support local wildlife, better the environment and use sustainable gardening techniques to enter. 

Dobbies’ team members will be on hand to offer the winners advice on how to spend their prize and bring their space to life.

There are four categories for the Not Your Average Gardener Awards, including Most Sustainable Gardener, Best Mini Garden Makeover, Best Houseplant Parent and Best Young Gardener (under 16 years). 

Dobbies’ Horticultural Director Marcus Eyles said: “We’ve seen a positive increase in gardening over the past year, with customers across Swindon looking to try something new in their green space. 

"At Dobbies we’re always on the lookout for passionate gardeners and our Not Your Average Gardener Awards are a great opportunity to shine a light on talent across Britain.

“Sustainability is at the core of our awards, and we’re extremely proud to offer a strong range of sustainable Dobbies’ products, including our award-winning peat-free compost, that benefit both the garden and environment.” 

Nominations can be submitted online by filling out a simple form and submitting images. The deadline for submissions is 26 August.

All entries will be reviewed by the panel of expert judges and winners will be announced in September.  

Further information can be found at https://www.dobbies.com/not-your-average-gardener-awards.

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