Gardens of the Year 2022 - People's Choice
Vote for your favourite finalist in this year's Gardens of the Year competition
Voting has now closed in the People's Choice awards for the Gardens of the Year Competition 2022, sponsored by Inspired Villages. Take a look at this year's finalists, and vote for your favourite below.
The People's Choice winner will be announced in the January issue of the magazine, which goes on sale on 22 December.
Discover the winners
The winner of the Judges' Choice is revealed in the November issue of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine. The Highly Commended garden will be revealed in our December issue. The winner of the People's Choice Vote will be announced in the January issue.
The winner of the People’s Choice vote, and the winner of the highly commended garden, 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.
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.
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.
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
Vote for your favourite garden:
Take a look at this year's finalists below, and vote for the garden you think should win this year's People's Choice award.
Anthony Manning, Nottinghamshire
Although only a moderately-sized plot, Anthony’s tropical paradise is a triumph of plantsmanship and engineering. It features an impressive array of dense jungle planting and smart seating and decking, all designed and built by Anthony himself. This northern garden is a real jewel which Anthony and his family enjoy all year round.
Ian Rayer-Smith, Shropshire
A converted chapel is the backdrop to this charming country garden which Ian and his partner have been working on since 2010. Despite having no gardening experience, the pair set about creating a stylish plot that blends Italian and formal English styles with relaxed planting schemes. The judges loved the welcoming ambience they have achieved.
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Dr John Butcher & Dr Sarah Berry, Shropshire
This couple have worked hard over the past three years to transform an uninspiring plot into a garden that’s bursting with plants and filled with distinct zones waiting to be explored. Although it’s a modest size they have incorporated several seating areas, green roofs, a greenhouse and they even open for the NGS!
Kyla La Grange, London
Stepping into Kyla and her partner’s house and walking through to their small urban garden is like entering an oasis of calm. Our judges loved how the tropical planting merged with woodland plants towards the rear of the garden, creating a garden sanctuary anyone would feel happy to while away the hours in.
Matthew Symonds, Bristol
Matthew’s unusual garden is a small courtyard space on the lower floor to the rear of his house. He wanted to create a serene and green space to step into and our judges were impressed with how many features he’d manage to pack in – his pleached trees offer privacy while a water feature and dining area create a relaxing environment.
Nicola House, Kent
This wildlife-friendly plot in Kent has been created over the past four years by single mum Nicola. She set out to make a sanctuary for herself and her children, where they could ‘holiday at home’, and live as much of their year outdoors as possible.
Ross Lee Harrison, Suffolk
This young gardener fell in love with plants recently after he went from being homeless to living in his own place, with a modest garden that he’s worked hard to transform. Drawing on Eastern influences, Ross wanted to create a place where friends could hang out and he could develop his passion for planting and landscaping.
Vicky Ward and Maxine Stringer, Cornwall
Vicky and her partner Maxine submitted one of the most unusual entries we’ve seen so far in the Gardens of the Year competition. Their plot perches just above the sea on a coast path in Cornwall. Over several years they have been slowing clearing the bramble-choked garden by hand, creating 10 distinct zones where they can relax and experiment with plants.
The deadline for voting in the 2022 People's Choice has passed. The People's Choice winner will be announced in the January issue of the magazine, which goes on sale on 22 December. The winner of the Judges' Choice is revealed in the November issue of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine. The Highly Commended garden will be revealed in our December issue.
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