THE SEARCH is on for the best amateur gardener in Stratford.
Dobbies Garden Centre launched its “Not Your Average Gardener” awards on Wednesday (August 3) and is looking for those with the greenest fingers in the town to pit themselves against amateur gardeners from across the country.
There are four award categories – Most Sustainable Gardener, Best Mini Garden Makeover, Best Houseplant Parent and Best Young Gardener (under 16 years).
And the winners will be selected by a star-studded judging panel which includes broadcaster Jo Whiley, Dobbies’ Horticultural Director Marcus Eyles, ITV This Morning’s Daisy Payne and Dobbies’ ambassador and gardening influencer Henry Agg.
Sustainability is at the core of the awards and Dobbies’ store in Stratford is searching for those who support local wildlife, better the environment and use sustainable gardening techniques to enter.
There is up to £5,000 worth of prizes to be won as well as a virtual consultation with Marcus Eyles on how best to maximise your garden space.
Jo Whiley said she was delighted to be on the panel.
“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.”
Nominations can be submitted at www.dobbies.com by filling out a simple form and submitting images. Deadline for submissions is August 26.
All entries will be reviewed by the panel of expert judges and winners will be announced in September.