Gardeners' World magazine Gardens of the Year winner 2020

Gardens of the Year Competition 2021

Could you and your garden be winners in our 2021 competition?

Does your garden make you smile? Then we want to hear from you.

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Our Gardens of the Year Competition 2021, sponsored by Jordans Cereals, is now open and we’re looking for imaginative gardens created by our readers. All shapes, styles and sizes of garden are eligible, from balconies and tiny urban rooftops to country idylls – just send in some pictures and tell us how you made your dream plot. Our gardens have proved more valuable than ever, during the pandemic, so if yours has been your sanctuary, why not enter now.

The prizes

All of our selected gardens win a professional photo shoot of their garden to appear in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. And, thanks to our sponsor Jordans Cereals, there are prizes worth £10,000 up for grabs!

The overall winner of the Judges’ Choice will win a luxurious holiday for two people, courtesy of South Carolina Tourism, worth over £8,000, including:

  • Return flights from the UK to Charleston
  • 7 nights in 4* hotels – 3 nights in the historic city of Charleston and 4 nights in the ocean resort of Myrtle Beach
  • VIP gardening experiences and more

The winner can enjoy everything the two cities have to offer – from beautiful beaches, carriage rides, museums and glorious gardens. They can also learn about the history of the plantations that shaped the cities, and how it resonates today.

The Highly Commended garden and the winner of the People’s Choice vote will each win £1,000 worth of vouchers to spend at garden centres.

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The winner can enjoy the region’s beautiful gardens

How to enter

To enter, please upload photos of your garden and a description at the link below, before Monday 14 June 2021.

Enter here

The competition closes for entries at noon on Monday 14 June, 2021, so don’t delay! To be eligible, you mustn’t earn your living by designing or maintaining gardens. The garden must be in the UK, and may be open to the public for charity, but not for profit. 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, on sale from 21 October, 2021.


About our sponsor

Just like you, Jordans Cereals is proud of looking after its outdoor spaces. That’s why the Jordans Farm Partnership was launched: a unique collaboration between Jordans, The Wildlife Trusts, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Through the scheme, each of Jordans’ British oat farmers dedicate at least 10% of their land to wildlife areas, helping to not only grow oats sustainably, but keep our countryside bursting with nature.

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About our top prize

South Carolina’s mix of Southern charm and waterfront adventure is complemented by striking scenery. Located on America’s southern Atlantic coast, South Carolina is home to many unique gardens. From the beautiful South Carolina Botanical Garden, to the majestic Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter, and the famously gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. Discover picturesque cobbled streets and horse-drawn carriages in Charleston and explore Myrtle Beach’s stunning coastline. Go to discoversouthcarolina.com

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View our 2020 winners

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

In a first for the competition, the same garden wowed the judges and topped the People’s Choice vote. This colourful garden, created on a wild, overgrown hillside, in a Scottish seaside town, is a worthy double winner. Elizabeth and Malcolm have created a plant-filled haven for all to admire. 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.

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

See more of the Schofields’ garden:

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.

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

See more of the McNaughts’ garden:

It's enchanting. They've taken a traditional layout and executed it really well. The plants are clearly well grown and healthy
Alan Titchmarsh

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Enter your garden in the Gardens of the Year Competition 2021 here.