Gardens of the Year 2022

Gardens of the Year 2022 competition

Could you and your garden be winners in our 2022 competition?

Our Gardens of the Year Competition 2022, sponsored by Inspired Villages, is now closed.

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The prizes

The winner of the Judges’ Choice will receive a holiday for two, courtesy of Pure Michigan and Visit Detroit, worth over £6,000.

Michigan, in the Great Lakes region of the American Midwest, home to the City of Detroit, beautiful countryside, iconic gardens and open roads, is a true American adventure. Pure Michigan and Visit Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau are delighted to offer a seven-night prize for two people, consisting of flights, accommodation, and car hire. The lucky winners will spend two nights in Detroit visiting The Ford House & Belle Isle, five nights in Michigan, including the famous Mackinac Island, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Holland. Includes return flights and seven nights in 3- or 4-star hotels.

The winners of the Highly Commended and People’s Choice awards will each receive a power tool bundle courtesy of Worx, worth £2,000.

This comprises a Landroid robot mower and a range of tools from the PowerShare battery range (includes blowers, grass trimmers, push mowers, hedge trimmers, shrub shears, garden sprayers, portable pressure cleaners, subject to stock availability). With the versatile Worx PowerShare range, you can do all your jobs around the garden with just one charger and a couple of batteries. And with its award-winning robotic mower Landroid taking care of your lawn, there’s more time for you to get on with other jobs in the garden.

Plus, all eight winning gardens will be awarded a professional photoshoot of their garden and will be featured in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine in 2022-23.

How to enter

Our Gardens of the Year Competition 2022, sponsored by Inspired Villages, is now closed. The winners will be revealed in our weekly email newsletter (sign up to our newsletter here) and in the November issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.


About our sponsor

The past few years has caused everyone to re-evaluate what they want to do with their lives and, increasingly among the over-65s, this has led to an increased interest in retirement communities.

“Retirement is a time of great freedom, particularly if you live in a retirement village,” explains James Cobb, Director at retirement communities operator Inspired Villages. “Not only are you free from the responsibilities of children and work, but if you ‘rightsize’ to one of our villages you
are no longer burdened with worries about maintaining a large home or security.”

Indeed, Inspired offers stylish apartments designed to discreetly support you as you age, and on-site teams to do cleaning and maintenance jobs so you don’t have to. Plus, residents have state-of-the-art leisure facilities like swimming pools, restaurants and cinemas, right on their doorsteps in
the vibrant village centre.

To find out if an Inspired Village is for you, visit inspiredvillages.co.uk


Meet the 2021 winners

Judges’ Choice: Nadine Mitschunas

On a sunny allotment site in Oxfordshire, Nadine Mitschunas has created a paradise that’s bursting with blooms and buzzing with wildlife. Beginning with one weed-choked plot in 2010, over the years she has single-handedly transformed three plots into a beautiful collection of hundreds of ornamental plant species, which she grows alongside an abundance of fruit and vegetables.

Through her work as a pollinator ecologist, German-born Nadine has developed a curiosity about plants and the natural world, and an open-armed approach to gardening, all of which ensured our judges fell in love with her unique allotment garden.

She was crowned the Judges’ Choice for 2021.

This is really good gardening – all the plants look wonderful and are so well cultivated
Alan Titchmarsh, GOTY judge

Highly Commended: Deanna & Rob Bailey

Starting from scratch and with very little gardening knowledge, this young couple have used their professional skills as artists to create a DIY tropical escape in the north that they relish every day. Their bold planting and careful use of hard landscaping really impressed our judges.

They were given the Highly Commended Award from our judging panel.

The landscaping is really bold and helps to make the plants shine. They have planted it with an illustrator’s sense of colour and you feel cocooned in this garden
Kate Gould, GOTY judge

People’s Choice: Thomas Jose

This busy doctor dedicates all his spare time to his beloved collection of acers and other plants in a small plot in South Yorkshire. He has created a garden designed to be enjoyed all year round, with plants crammed into every space and acers cleverly displayed on a series of shelves designed by himself.

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You voted in your thousands to award Thomas the People’s Choice Award.

Considering these are all in containers, they’re amazingly well grown. You can just imagine what all this colour would look like under an Indian sky!
Kate Gould, GOTY judge