This must be a single container, but could be a hanging basket, trough, window box, pot, tub, etc. If your garden comprises more than one container, you may mark your chosen container, or leave it to the judges to select the one they deem best on judging day.

Front or rear garden or garden area wholly or primarily consisting of containers. These could include any number of hanging baskets, troughs, window boxes, pots, tubs, etc. ‘Non-container’ elements will not be taken into account by the judges.

No garden is too small to look stunning, and therefore to enter in the competition! So here is a creative opportunity to prove that ‘small is beautiful’! Except for the ‘Best Container Garden’ category above, all ‘Garden’ categories may include a combination of ‘garden’ and ‘container’ elements, with the overall garden being evaluated by the judges. We do not specify dimensions, but if your garden is ‘borderline’ Small/Medium, the judges may re-allocate it to one or the other category on judging day.

No garden is too small look stunning, and therefore to enter in the competition! So here is a creative opportunity to prove that ‘small is beautiful’! Except for the ‘Best Container Garden’ category above, all ‘Garden’ categories may include a combination of ‘garden’ and ‘container’ elements, with the overall garden being evaluated by the judges. We do not specify dimensions, but if your garden is ‘borderline’ Small/Medium, the judges may re-allocate it to one or the other category on judging day.

A chance to make your garden brighten up your street, and inspire your neighbours to follow suit! Except for the ‘Best Container Garden’ category above, all ‘Garden’ categories may include a combination of ‘garden’ and ‘container’ elements, with the overall garden being evaluated by the judges. We do not specify dimensions, but if your garden is ‘borderline’ Small/Medium, the judges may re-allocate it to one or the other category on judging day.

A chance to share the beauty of your more private garden area few people get to admire! Except for the ‘Best Container Garden’ category above, all ‘Garden’ categories may include a combination of ‘garden’ and ‘container’ elements, with the overall garden being evaluated by the judges. We do not specify dimensions, but if your garden is ‘borderline’ Small/Medium, the judges may re-allocate it to one or the other category on judging day.

A garden clearly aimed at (a) attracting local wildlife and/or enhancing one or more species’ habitat; and (b) promoting environmentally-friendly cultivation or other relevant methods.

An inspiring, rewarding opportunity for teamwork! Join your collective skills to create a feast of colours, scents, sounds, and a feel-good place for each person associated with your community.

A nurtured, colourful Business or commercial frontage catches the eye and reflects professionalism and attention to detail – key characteristics to attract discerning clientele. So no excuses to decline an obvious ‘commercial incentive’!

Enjoying the sight, scents, and serenity of a well-tended garden is a most treasured delight for our more mature citizens, perhaps too frail themselves to engage in much physical activity. A communal outdoors bursting with colourful and scented blooms will optimally motivate them to walk, engage with fellow residents, and fill their senses with the irresistibly invigorating ‘al-fresco’ atmosphere.

Combine your imagination, creativity, and lateral thinking in producing the most unusual container made up of the least likely material(s). We look forward to witnessing how an old punctured welly or discarded ropey tyre, or household item are turned into a stunning centrepiece!

Combine Outdoor Activity, Fun, Education, and Team Work all in one for your pupils! Grasp this opportunity to instil enthusiasm and passion for enjoyable teamwork in transforming a few seeds sown in compost, into a ‘miraculous’ result of blooms of all colours, shapes, and sizes.

A chance to add ‘Nutritional Awareness’ to Outdoor Activity, Fun, Education, and Team Work all in one for your pupils! Get them to think up the most imaginative and space-efficient combination of food-yielding plants they can grow within a limited area. We can’t wait to see the results!

Again - combine Outdoor Activity, Fun, Education, and Team Work all in one for your pupils! Get them to choose a school-related theme they are proud of, and build a display reflecting that choice.

Combine your imagination, creativity, and lateral thinking in producing the most unusual container made up of the least likely material(s). We look forward to witnessing how an old, punctured welly, discarded ropey tyre, or second-hand item are turned into a stunning centrepiece!.

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Rules & Criteria

 With the exception of rear garden categories, ALL garden competition entries must be both visible and accessible from a public right of way.

 The competition is open to all residents, businesses, associations, community groups, and schools within Basingstoke & Deane Borough.

 Competition entrants may enter up to TWO ‘garden’ (including 'container garden') categories, plus ONE 'single container' category of their choice.

 Rear garden competition entrants will be required to submit 3-5 photos of their garden for short-listing. Photos may be submitted electronically via the website or in hard copy by post (see contact details below). Successfully short-listed entrants will be contacted for viewing/judging by appointment.

 Applications can be submitted online.

 Entry forms may be downloaded from this website or a hard copy requested via contact page.

 Photos of gardens may be published on the official Basingstoke in Bloom Website, or otherwise used and/or displayed for Basingstoke In Bloom promotional purposes.

 School competition containers/gardens must predominantly be designed and grown by the pupils, who will be expected by the judges to demonstrate an interest in and understanding of the various plants grown, for example their specific requirements (light, watering, soil, etc.), habits, advantages, etc.

 The judges’ decision shall be final.

Timeline for Garden competition

2017

Start planting...

Keep an eye for those slugs...

Friday, 7th July 2017

School competition entry form must be received by this date.

Friday, 14th July 2017

Garden competition entry form must be received by this date.

Monday, 17th July 2017

School competition judging will take place week beginning 17th July 2017.

Monday, 24th July 2017

Garden Competition judging will take place week beginning 24th July 2017.

Monday, 7th August 2017

Results will be announced week beginning 7th August 2017.

Thursday, 7th September 2017

The competition Prize-giving ceremony will take place in conjunction with BIB's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7pm:

Council Chamber, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4AH

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