Search is on to find Glasgow’s best gardeners

During 2020 more people than ever before have taken up gardening. They’ve discovered the pleasures of growing and sowing and in the process they’ve created a little bit of Lockdown magic on their home turf and in community gardens.

The Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow is seeking to find the city's best gardeners.

For some people it has been their first chance to experience the physical and mental wellbeing that comes with nurturing a patch of earth while others have had time to indulge an existing passion

Now the Incorporation of Gardeners – and organisation supporting the work of all aspects of gardening – wants to hear about this horticultural revolution.

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As part of its annual ‘Let Glasgow Flourish Awards’, it has created a new competition with the aim of celebrating the role that gardening has played during the pandemic by encouraging people to get out of doors and make the most of gardens, allotments and community green spaces. The competition is open to everyone within Glasgow and the surrounding area.

There are three categories – Best Garden, Best Community Garden and Best Young Gardener (16 or under), which will recognise a young person who has shown outstanding skills. Prizes of £250 gardening gift vouchers will be awarded in each category.

Anyone can can enter or they can nominate someone else that they think deserves to be recognised for their green-fingered efforts.

To enter the competition people need to submit a maximum of five photographs and a brief description, in no more than 350 words, giving details about the project and the people involved.

Sandy Martin, from the Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow, says: “We are looking for garden make-overs, brilliant window boxes, waste land transformed into wildflower meadows and front gardens filled with flowers. No plot is too small to be considered, so send us the pictures that show us how Glasgow has continued to flourish during these challenging times.”

Entries should be sent to [email protected] and the closing date is Friday, April 16, 2021.