DOES your garden have the wow factor? Could your prized plot be the Examiner’s Garden of the Year?
Today we launch our annual search for the area’s best gardeners and for Huddersfield’s hidden horticultural gems. And past experience has shown us that the town and surrounding villages do contain plenty of both.
All we need you to do is tell us about your garden, send us a picture, fill in an entry form and you could be on your way to a top prize.
The competition’s outright winner will receive a £500 Examiner reader travel voucher. They will be able to use it to take themselves and a guest off for a well-deserved break or even to see some of the gardening sights.
The competition winner will also hold the cut-glass Examiner Trophy for a year.
Long-term competition sponsors Armitage’s Garden Centres continue to support us, offering prize vouchers worth almost £700 for our category winners to share.
Win first prize in one of the competition’s three categories and you will receive £100 to spend at Armitage’s. Second prize winners will collect £75 and third-placed gardeners win £50.
Waterstones, our other long-term Garden of the Year sponsors, have come up with a super gardening book with a copy going to each of our nine winners.
Mrs Margaret Beever won last year’s competition with a stunning, riverside plot full of classic English garden favourites.
Her tranquil, beautifully-planted garden was one of many which inspired last year’s judges as they travelled across the district visiting everything from compact, courtyard style gardens to others with more generous acres.
All proved yet again that Huddersfield has plenty of gardening talent which weathers the worst that the Pennines can throw at its green-fingered gardeners.
So what are you waiting for? Fill in the form, send us a few pictures of your garden looking its best – and fingers crossed. You could be featuring in our Garden of the Year winners’ list this summer.
Your next job is to fill in the coupon which appears on this page or which our gardening writer Graham Porter will be including in his Saturday gardening page in the Examiner and send it to: Garden Of The Year Competition, Features Department, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 3DU.
This year, for the first time, you can enter online at www.examiner.co.uk/gardenoftheyear.
You can drop your entry in to our office at Queen Street South.
Entries will close on June 18 and judges aim to be out and about during the week beginning July 12 visiting 15 shortlisted gardens.Related content