BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Gardens of the Year 2020 winning garden, created by Elizabeth and Malcolm Schofield

Gardens of the Year 2020 competition winners

Discover the winners of our Gardens of the Year 2020 competition, sponsored by Inspired Villages. Plus, find out how to vote for your favourite to win the People's Choice Award.

We’ve travelled the country to bring you fantastic real gardens created and cared for by our readers. We whittled down 1,003 entrants to find 8 finalists who were judged by our expert panel: Alan Titchmarsh, Diarmuid Gavin and Kate Gould. Their votes revealed one winning and one highly commended garden. Discover the results of our Gardens of the Year 2020 competition, sponsored by Inspired Villages, with prizes supplied by Long Travel, below.

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Vote in the People’s Choice award

We’ve crowned our two winning gardens – now it’s time to have your say. The coveted People’s Choice title is awarded to the people’s favourite garden, as voted for by you. You only have until noon on Tuesday 27 October to vote. Don’t miss the chance to champion your choice – head to our voting page now.


Judges’ Choice: Elizabeth and Malcolm Schofield, Moray, Scotland

In a Scottish seaside town, a wild hill, overgrown with brambles, has been transformed into a colourful haven for all to admire, by Elizabeth and Malcolm. Starting with almost no gardening knowledge and with little cash to spare, they decided to create something special for their family and for the local community to admire.

Elizabeth and Malcolm won First Prize, a holiday to Italy, worth £4,000, courtesy of Long Travel.

Scottish hillside garden: Elizabeth and Malcolm Schofield, Moray. Gardens of the Year 2020 competition. Photographer Ray Cox
Scottish hillside garden: Elizabeth and Malcolm Schofield, Moray. Gardens of the Year 2020 competition. Photographer Ray Cox
It's quite magical, and a really inspiring story about how gardening can help tackle anxiety and depression, and help us talk to our neighbours
Diarmuid Gavin

Highly Commended: Michael and Margaret McNaught, Derby

This small garden has gone from a bare patch of ground to this classically inspired jewel in just one year. Michael and Margaret McNaught had been planning this garden for many years, and when finally able to start work they did all the work themselves and incorporated elements from grand gardens they’d visited.

Michael and Margaret have won Second Prize, a holiday to Italy, worth £2,000, courtesy of Long Travel.

Classically inspired gem: Michael and Margaret McNaught, Derby. Gardens of the Year 2020 competition. Photographer Neil Hepworth
Classically inspired gem: Michael and Margaret McNaught, Derby. Gardens of the Year 2020 competition. Photographer Neil Hepworth
It's enchanting. They've taken a traditional layout and executed it really well. The plants are clearly well grown and healthy
Alan Titchmarsh

People’s Choice Award

Voting in the People’s Choice Award is open. Head to our voting page now to choose your favourite garden. Voting closes on Tuesday 27 October, 2020.

The winner of the People’s Choice will be revealed in the December issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, on sale from Thursday 19 November. Or, subscribe now to get a copy in the post. The winner of the People’s Choice wins a one-week cruise along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, worth £2,000, courtesy of Long Travel.

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The Gardens of the Year competition 2020 is sponsored by Inspired Villages.