The garden competition has been popular within the network, with many offices promoting the competition in their area and helping vendors send details of their gardens. Some agents, such as
Fine & Country St Neots and Fine & Country Berkhamsted, went the extra mile and promoted the competition on For Sale boards all over the town.
Having received countless garden entries from across the country, our global network of over 300 offices invited the public to vote for their favourite via the Fine & Country Facebook page.
The gardens with the most votes from each region were then shortlisted and sent to the competition judge Martyn Cox, gardening expert and columnist for The Mail on Sunday.
The overall winner was chosen by Martyn and the winning entry announced as Mr & Mrs Green of Birmingham, whose garden was a celebration of colour and wildlife. The couple have won two tickets to the dazzling RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
Martyn said, “I was very impressed by the high standard of entries in this year’s Fine & Country Garden Competition, which made picking an overall winner very difficult. There were large country gardens and smaller city plots, flower filled spaced and striking architectural gems. All had their attributes and were obviously cherished by their owners.
However, the plot created by Richard and Judi Green in Birmingham, stood out to me. Their average sized, suburban plot is well stocked with choice plants that have been selected carefully to provide colour and interest all year round – there are winter and spring flowering bulbs, summer perennials and plants to provide a splash of autumn colour. All have been weaved together skilfully to ensure a constantly changing display that delights all of the senses.
According to the couple, people passing by often stop and talk to them about the garden. This is great. I like the idea that their creation might provide inspiration for others in the local area and helps to foster a sense of community spirit.
But what I really love about this garden is its simplicity. There’s no fancy design features. No bells and whistles. There are beds chock-a-block with plants, a small lawn, raised pond and a box parterre, with winding paths that add a sense of mystery - you really don’t know what’s around the corner. To put it simply, it’s the kind of garden where I would like to spend some time.”
David Lindley from Fine & Country Head Office, Park Lane says, “We see so many beautiful gardens in our profession, we wanted to celebrate them, regardless of whether the properties were for sale or not. Mr & Mrs Green’s entry is charming and traditional and a worthy winner of the competition. We would like to thank all those who took part this year by either entering their garden or voting for their favourite entry, and to Martyn for his expert opinion.”
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