Gardens of the Year 2019 Competition

Gardens of the Year 2019 competition

Show off your garden in our exciting competition, sponsored by Inspired Villages.

Have you made a garden you’re really proud of? We’d love to see it and celebrate it in our Gardens of the Year 2019 competition, sponsored by Inspired Villages. Whether you garden on a balcony, in a tiny courtyard, or on rolling acres, we welcome entries from gardens of all shapes and sizes. Send us photos of your garden and tell us its story. Then, our panel of expert judges will select the winners.

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Enter your garden now for your chance to win our Gardens of the Year 2019 competition:

Submit your entry

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 28 May, 2019.


What you could win

Shortlisted gardens will win a professional photoshoot of their garden this summer with an expert garden photographer, to appear in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. Plus, thanks to our sponsor Inspired Villages, the three top-rated entrants will win one of three fantastic holidays…

Top prize

An eight-night tour of Costa Rica for two people, including return flights, worth £5,000:

Holiday for two to Costa Rica - Gardens of the Year 2019 competition top prize
Holiday for two to Costa Rica – Gardens of the Year 2019 competition top prize. Image: Getty Images

Two highly-commended prizes

Both aboard luxurious Fred. Olsen cruise ships and worth £2,500 each.

An eight-night cruise of the Norwegian fjords, for two:

Cruise to the Norwegian fjords - Gardens of the Year 2019 competition prize
Cruise to the Norwegian fjords – Gardens of the Year 2019 competition prize. Image: Getty Images

An eight-night cruise to Spain and Bordeaux, for two:

Cruise to Bordeux and Spain - Gardens of the Year 2019 compeition prize
Cruise to Bordeaux and Spain – Gardens of the Year 2019 competition prize. Image: Getty Images

Need inspiration?

Check out the stunning gardens belonging to the three winners of our Gardens of the Year 2018 competition, below.

Judges’ Choice 2018: 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.

Gardens of the Year 2019 Judges' choice: Wayne Amiel
Gardens of the Year 2018 Judges’ choice: Wayne Amiel
A brave and exuberant garden - it's amazing! Imagine finding this in the middle of London.
Alan Titchmarsh, competition judge

Highly Commended 2018: 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.

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

Highly Commended 2018: 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.

Gardens of the Yea 2018 competition Highly Commended: John Tordoff
Gardens of the Yea 2018 competition Highly Commended: John Tordoff
What a wonderful piece of theatre - the hard work that's gone into this small space is astonishing.
Kate Gould, competition judge

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The closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 28 May, 2019.