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Have you got the Kent Garden of the Year?

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:30 12 April 2015

Last year's judges with the 2014 adult winner, Prue Seddon

Last year's judges with the 2014 adult winner, Prue Seddon


Thinking of entering the Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year and Primary School Garden of the Year competition? Find out what the judges are looking for


Andy Garland

Andy is our new judge this year and as well as being a Kent Life columnist, he is the producer and presenter of BBC Radio Kent’s award-winning Sunday Gardening programme.

“The Kent Life garden awards are a fabulous opportunity to celebrate gardening achievement, be that in growing great plants or making clever use of an outdoor space. More than anything I’m looking for gardens that show a personal connection with the owner, that give me an insight into them as a person.”

Roger Platts

Head judge, award-winning garden designer and horticultural expert

“The Kent Garden Awards are an opportunity to share the joy of gardening for everyone regardless of expertise and size of plot. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate a flair for design. Schools now play a large part in introducing young people to the environment and fostering an interest in gardening which has such therapeutic qualities across all walks of life. It is always exciting to receive the applications and meet everyone who is keen to share their gardening experiences.”

Leigh Clapp

Kent Life’s gardening editor and photographer

“I see some of the beautiful gardens of Kent through the year so part of my role is to encourage, gently cajole owners to enter the competition. I love to see the personal connection and passion in the owners, how the garden expresses their owners’ vision.

With the schools, I am constantly amazed by the knowledge some of the children have and find it very encouraging that the next generation sees the importance of gardening and sustainable living.”

Amanda Cottrell, OBE

Chairman of Visit Kent, Patron of Produced in Kent, Kent Life Food & Drink Hero 2014

“Each year I am filled with hope that more and more people will pick up the challenge and share their inspirational gardens with us all. Gardening is not only good for you mentally and physically, but can play a major part in restoring the wildlife balance. Schools especially are important as to introduce a passion and understanding of seasons, of growing and of healthy eating at a young age is crucial.”

Sarah Sturt

Kent Life editor and enthusiastic home gardener

“From the seed of an idea in 2010 my judging panel and I have seen the Kent Life garden competition grow into an established annual awards scheme where we recognise and reward amateur gardeners and primary school gardening clubs for their efforts, passion, enthusiasm and connection with their own precious plots, however small.”

Good luck to you all


Hadlow College

“As one of the UK’s leading land-based institutions, garden design and gardening are very important to Hadlow and the college is proud to be a sponsor of the inspirational Kent Life Garden Competitions for the sixth year running.”


“Plants help make the world a more beautiful place and at Coolings we like to promote and celebrate this by supporting competitions like In Bloom and recognising excellence in Gardening. Building a beautiful garden takes time, patience and love and Coolings are delighted to support the Kent Life Garden of the Year Awards this year.”



As a charity so focused on providing the best possible care and support for families facing terminal illness, we understand the importance of home and this often includes gardens, which can provide a setting for reflection, positivity and happiness.

The association for us with these awards is important and many of our supporters (and Kent Life readers) are garden owners who have been very generous and happy to open their own gardens to raise vital funds for us to ensure we can continue to provide this vital care. We really hope garden owners in Kent embrace these awards and opportunity to show off their special secret.

You can enter by filling in the entry form in this month’s Kent Life or online at:

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