Meet Kent's Garden of the Year Judging Panel
PUBLISHED: 08:31 17 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:10 20 February 2013
Meet the team looking for Kent's Best Amateur Garden and Best Primary School Garden
Amanda Cottrell, Chairman Visit Kent
I am particularly delighted to accept the invitation to take part in judging Kent Lifes first gardening competition. I am a passionate gardener myself, and firmly believe that we need to rediscover both our ability to grow our own food, and our connection with the countryside. So, whether your garden is a rural or an urban delight, with flowers, vegetables, or both, let it reflect your character and personality, and above all, enjoy it. Good luck!
Roger Platts , Award-winning garden designer, grower and plantsman
My passion is for traditional gardens, but my appreciation of gardens and design extends
to all styles. I hope to see, in both categories, gardens which are both practical and sustainable with interesting planting combinations. In addition to the horticultural element,
I will also be looking for good use of space and for unity in the design.
Sarah Morgan , Head of faculty landscape, horticulture and design, Hadlow College
As a garden designer and practical horticulturalist, I will be looking for designs which manage to fuse both the aesthetic and practical solutions in a seamless way. The context, layout and function of the garden plus the suitability of planting should be reflected and communicated in an original design. Champagne with the fizz, please!
Sarah Sturt, Editor Kent Life
I am an enthusiastic home gardener and have been battling with my Tonbridge clay for more than 20 years to produce a garden that may never win a prize but does fill me with delight every time I step out into it! I will be looking for similar enthusiasm from our Kent home gardeners and primary schools maybe some unusual areas of their gardens they are particularly fond of? Perhaps a sheltered pond, a vegetable patch or beautiful trees.
Leigh Clapp , Garden writer and photographer
I was given my first camera at the age of five and have been photographing and writing about gardens for more than 20 years. I will be looking for a garden that is reflecting its owner's passions and personality successfully. The design and planting is also key for its surroundings, relationship to the architecture of the house and climatic conditions. I like to see people understanding and working with their environment, while following their own style.
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