Garden of the Year

Garden of the Year Competition 2017

Discover the finalists and winners of Garden of the Year 2017.

We’ve travelled the country to bring you fantastic real gardens created and cared for by our readers. We narrowed the entries down to nine finalists, with three winners representing each category; Challenging Plot, Small Space and Wildlife-friendly Garden.

Read on to discover the category winners and finalists, plus the Judges' Choice and People's Choice.

Garden of the Year 2018

Could your garden be a 2018 winner? We'll be kicking off our 2018 competition next spring, so look out for details of how to enter early next year.


Challenging Plot

Winds of over 100mph, boggy conditions and a steep sloping site didn't stop these gardeners from creating incredible gardens that thrive against the odds. 

Caroline Critchlow

Gay and Jim Acres
Paddy and Ben Parmee

Small Space

What these gardens lacked in size they more than made up for with big ideas and clever designs, to make the most of their available area.

Caroline Cassell

David and Mark Hampson
Bennett Smith

Wildlife-friendly Garden

Not just a gardener's garden, these were beautiful spaces open to all, with a host of visiting creatures and adapted habitats to suit.

Helen Rushton

Christine Hill
Jean Price

Judges' Choice

As well as coming top of her category Small Space, Caroline Cassell won the prestigious Judges' Choice award. Caroline transformed her traditional cottage garden by creating a series of 'rooms'. Now, her private, romantic garden is exuberantly planted, and her clever design makes the very most of her limited space.

See more of Caroline's garden.

People's Choice

You voted in your thousands, and overwhelmingly chose Helen Rushton's wildlife-friendly garden in Aberdeenshire to win the People's Choice award. Ponds, wildflowers and native shrubs make Helen's garden a haven for wildlife, providing a diverse collection of habitats. 

Discover Helen's garden.

Need more inspiration?

Meet last year's winners and finalists on our YouTube channel, and take inspiration from their stunning gardens. Look out for more videos from Garden of the Year 2017, coming soon.