And the winners are: floral displays wow Buckingham

The winners of this year’s Buckingham in Bloom awards were presented with their prizes by Town Mayor Cllr, Margaret Gateley at a ceremony in Chandos Park on Friday.

The categories this year were Best Gardens, Hanging Baskets/Containers and

Wildlife Garden. Judges looked at overall beauty, variety and planting schemes which achieved sustainability through reduced use of water, organic gardening or other approaches

In the Baskets/Container category:

  • 1st place - Mr Lawler. Judges were most impressed with the use of space and colour and commented on the hanging basket drip system used to avoid waste of water.
  • 2nd Place - Mr Rayner. Judges felt the containers were beautiful and well maintained, with a big visual impact.
  • 3rd Place - Mr Bryant. Judges commented on the good variety of plants.

Front Garden category:

  • 1st place – Mr Wilkins - Judges were most impressed with the colour, variety of plants, design and shape in this beautiful front garden.
  • 2nd Place - Mrs Griffiths. Judges thought the garden was overall impressive and well maintained.

An entry was received from some of the residents of Bluebell Close entering their gardens as a group.  As there was no Community Garden category this year, it was agreed that they would be given a commendation award.

Former Councillor Terry Bloomfield had been heavily involved in Buckingham in Bloom when he was a Councillor, and kindly donated a cup and some prizes to be awarded to the winners.

Town Mayor Cllr Margaret Gately said that “It was a real treat to judge Buckingham in Bloom and to see the beautiful gardens, baskets and containers which people around our town had worked hard to create. It was great to see the vibrant colours of the plants and flowers, a delight for us all to enjoy.”