THE standard of entries for our new gardening competition was exceptionally high which made judging the winners an extremely difficult, although enjoyable task.
Our Top Garden competition is sponsored by Caulders Garden Centre, Mugdock Park, who put up some super prizes for the winners, and it was judged with help from a member of voluntary organisation Milngavie in Bloom.
We plan to run the contest every year from now on as it has proved to be so popular and we received many entries from throughout the area - it’s obvious that many people take pride in their garden and work hard to maintain them all year round. Congratulations to everyone who took part - we were delighted that so many people entered.
Milngavie and Bearsden Herald’s editor, Allan McIntyre, reporter Laura Sturrock and Milngavie in Bloom volunteer, Barbara Adams, paid a visit to the final top six gardens last week to pick the three finalists.
After much deliberation Jack and Dorothy Kyle, of Keystone Quadrant, Milngavie, were awarded first prize - £50 of vouchers for Caulders Garden Centre and a gift box of garden essentials, Mr E O’Donnell of Ballewan Cottage, Blanefield, was the runner up and will receive a £30 voucher for Caulders and Bill Penrice of Dougalston Crescent, Milngavie, scooped third prize - a £20 voucher for Caulders.
The judges were especially impressed with the dedication and teamwork of the winners - Jack and Dorothy Kyle. Their front and back gardens were full of beautiful bright begonias. They had a wide variety of plants and flowers in their garden as well as tomatoes in their greenhouse.
Mr O’Donnell in Blanefield has worked during the past 40 years to create his stunning landscaped garden - he dug out the paths himself and planted all the beds as when he and his wife first moved into the cottage the garden was overgrown with no defined areas.
Similarly, Mr Penrice has spent many years creating his garden which was originally a large slope of grass without a structure. He introduced different levels, beds with flowers, trees and plants which add interest all year round, paths, and a lovely water feature with decorative pink pelicans and a bridge which is very popular with his grandchildren.
Allan McIntyre, editor, said: “We are delighted with the response we had from our readers. Choosing the winners was quite a task with each of the gardens viewed really spectacular.
“The work and dedication put into these gardens was obvious and all the entrants deserve to be congratulated for their efforts.”
Colin Barrie, managing director of Caulders, said: “We were delighted to sponsor this Herald competition as the area is renowned for its beautiful gardens and the pride that locals taken in them.”
Many thanks to Barbara Adams from Milngavie in Bloom for giving up her time to help with the judging. She said: “I was thrilled to be representing Milngavie in Bloom as one of the judges and having the pleasure of meeting such creative and knowledgable gardeners.
“By some miracle the weather was perfect and we saw everything from impressive terracing and scalloped edged lawns to rose gardens and romantic water features.
“It was delightful to be able to take part and the owners should be rightly proud of their own piece of paradise.”