Ian Coult tells us about Godalming In Bloom
Each summer, the committee of Godalming in Bloom runs a friendly, light-hearted competition for those in Binscombe, Busbridge, Farncombe and Godalming who love gardening and are willing to show their pride and joy.
Whether it is a small patio overflowing with plant pots, a large garden with many different areas, an allotment full of healthy fruit and veg or flowers for cutting, plants tended by small hands at a school or the naturally decorated surroundings of commercial premises, all are welcome to enter our competition and be judged by a panel of knowledgeable gardeners.
The 2017 awards ceremony was held at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in July, when the entrants, with friends and family, gathered to learn the results of the judging. The awards followed recent visits to more than fifty sites by the judging teams, ably assisted by ‘expert’ judges and both the Mayor and deputy Mayor of Godalming. The prestigious ‘Gardener of the Year’ trophy was awarded to Farncombe resident Catherine Yakuba, whose skills were demonstrated by a beautiful array of healthy and interesting plants and a well thought out wild area and bug hotel.
Many other trophies were awarded, covering all the various categories and pictures were shown of the winning entries. There were special awards and our youngest winner was a three-year-old who entered the best scarecrow.
In 2018, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War. This important event will be marked by Godalming in Bloom with a special design competition. From an inspired idea by former Mayor David Hunter, the committee of Godalming in Bloom has developed an opportunity for new and experienced garden designers to show off their skills and to be remembered themselves.
The commemorative garden will be at Nightingale Road cemetery, on the site of a recently felled cedar tree and will be roughly oval, about 4 metres by 3 metres, with some flexibility for extension. It must provide interest to visitors throughout the year and sit comfortably in its surroundings, with any planting and landscaping materials in keeping with a Victorian era cemetery.
There is a design brief available with details of acceptable materials; a £2000 budget is secured for plants and materials, with labour provided free of charge. The winning design will be announced next summer at the annual awards ceremony and the garden opened during the armistice weekend in November 2018.
A full list of the winners and more information can be found on the Go Godalming website, as well as details of the competition for 2018.