Entries sought for Inverurie Best Garden

ENTRY forms are now available for this year’s Inverurie Best Garden Award, with the closing date for entries set as Friday, July 29.

The competition is organised by Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group (IEIG), the local charity responsible for the town’s display of flower boxes and baskets throughout the Town Centre.

The Inverurie Best Garden Award has three domestic categories, two for gardens and one for plant containers, one category for business premises and a category for non-commercial premises.

The winners in each category are then considered for the top overall Best garden in Inverurie Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Inverurie.

IEIG Chairman, Ranald Allan said, “The competition is for gardens that can be seen from the road or other publicly accessible places.

“The category for non-commercial premises opens the door to bowling clubs, care homes, hospitals, social clubs and others. The IEI committee hope that all categories will attract new entries this year.

“The judge will be looking for good use of colour and form in the garden as well as imaginative design, a long season of interest and environmental sensitivity.

“The aim of the Best Garden Award competition is to draw attention to the contribution that Inverurie’s many keen gardeners make to the visual quality of the town and to encourage others to do the same.”

The five categories in the competition are:

Small Front Garden including containers (the total area of the garden must not exceed 20m squared)

Large Front Garden including containers (the total area of the garden must exceed 20m squared)

Best Individual Hanging Basket or Container

Business Premises

Non-commercial Premises

Best garden – the top award open to finalists in all other categories

gardens can be entered by owners or they can be nominated by others. Entry forms are available from Inverurie Garden Centre, Watsons, Inverurie Library and GPH Builders Merchants.

Judging will take place at the end of the first week in August and winners will be announced mid-August. The awards will be presented at Inverurie Flower Show in the Town Hall on Saturday, September 3.

Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group organising committee has representatives from Inverurie businesses, Inverurie Community Council, The Rotary Club of Inverurie, Inverurie Horticultural Society, Mitchells, Craigdon, local providers of day care services for older and disabled people and a number of private local residents.