A Slice of Jamaica: Wayne Amiel, London. Gardens of the Year 2018 competition.

Gardens of the Year 2018 competition

Discover the winners and finalists of our Gardens of the Year 2018 competition, sponsored by Flight Centre. Plus, find out how to choose your favourite in 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 493 entrants to find 11 finalists who were judged by our expert panel: Alan Titchmarsh, Diarmuid Gavin and Kate Gould. Their votes revealed one winning and two highly commended gardens. Discover the results of our Gardens of the Year 2018 competition, sponsored by Flight Centre, below.

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Vote in the People’s Choice award

We’ve crowned our three winning gardens, but that’s not the
 end of the story – 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 Thursday 1 November to vote. Don’t miss the chance to champion your choice – head to our voting page now.


Judges’ Choice: Wayne Amiel, London

A north-facing site full of builders’ rubble is what Wayne Amiel faced when he moved into his south London home. Over eight years, he’s managed to create a slice of Jamaica, on a shoe-string budget. Discover more from Wayne’s garden on YouTube.

Wayne has won First Prize, a holiday to Japan for two worth £5,000, courtesy of Flight Centre.

A Slice of Jamaica: Wayne Amiel, London. Gardens of the Year 2018 competition.
A brave and exuberant garden - it's amazing! Imagine finding this in the middle of London.
Alan Titchmarsh

Highly Commended: Tim Richardson, Sussex

A boring back garden laid to lawn has been transformed into a jungle hideaway. Tim Richardson and his partner have worked tirelessly over the past 19 years, doing all of the work themselves. Discover more from Tim’s garden on YouTube.

Tim has won Second Prize, a holiday to Singapore for two worth £2,500, courtesy of Flight Centre.

Tropical haven: Tim Richardson, Sussex. Gardens of the Year 2018 competition.
A tasteful and beautiful explosion of tropicana - the foliage contrast and use of colour is amazing.
Diarmuid Gavin

Highly Commended: John Tordoff, Cambridge

What was once a derelict yard now transports you to the courtyards of Spain and Morocco. John Tordoff’s theatrical, home-made arch transforms the space, hiding the bins and shed. Combined with the tiled floor, they form a dramatic backdrop to the colourful planting. Discover more from John’s garden on YouTube.

John has won Third Prize, a holiday to Tuscany for two worth £2,500, courtesy of Flight Centre.

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Moorish drama: John Tordoff, Cambridge. Gardens of the Year 2018 competition.
What a wonderful piece of theatre - the hard work that's gone into this small space is astonishing.
Kate Gould

People’s Choice Award

Voting in the People’s Choice award is now open. Head to our voting page to choose your favourite garden. Voting closes on Thursday 1 November, 2018. The winner of the People’s Choice will be revealed in the December issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, with subscribers from Thursday 15 November, and on newsstands from Thursday 22 November. Or, subscribe by Monday 5 November to get a copy in the post.

Vote in the People's Choice award