Melksham in Bloom - Town Garden Competition - RESULTS ARE IN!

July 30, 2021

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Melksham gardeners have been busy showing off their horticultural skills in the Town Council’s annual Melksham in Bloom competition. The quality of entries was incredibly high and judges were very impressed. The prize for overall best garden went to Laura and Ian Harding.


Laura said:

“Ian and I were delighted to be announced overall winner of Melksham in Bloom 2021. It has been an unusual year with the garden being about three weeks behind compared with 2020.  We lost a number of favourite plants to the late frosts in April so had to replace them, growing some plants from seed for the second year running.


“COVID-19 restrictions on socialising resulted in our garden becoming a special place for our family to spend time together and get outside, whilst having to work and study from home. We have all been able to benefit from our shared efforts in building the garden four years ago.


“I think anyone lucky enough to have a garden during Covid has really appreciated the space and freedom to be outside in the last year.  We were very happy though to be able to share the garden once again this past weekend,opening it for the second time as part of Melksham Open Gardens raising money for the organisers’ chosen charity, The Children’s Society”.


The Melksham in Bloom judges braved the heatwave to spend a whole day visiting gardens and speaking with the enthusiastic gardeners.  The judges - Maria Adams, Patsy Clover, Charlotte Howard, Teresa Strange and Paul Von Fullman - were all incredibly impressed with the standard of garden entries and the increasing emphasis given to sustainable planting and environmental considerations.


Charlotte Howard, of Capability Charlotte Garden Design, said:


"It was a real privilege to be asked to be a Melksham in Bloom judge; my over-riding memory was how everyone we spoke to had said how nurturing their garden had been a life saver during tough times.  It proves that gardening is good for mental health.


“I was really pleased to see how many gardens had sustainability at their core too. We can all make simple changes in our own gardens, for example, by using recycled building materials, using peat-free compost and preserving water"


The Town Council is also grateful for the support of Old Milestone Nursery who sponsored the competition this year.


While the main categories have been judged, the Sunflower Competition will be judged in August. You can still enter this category; the deadline is Friday August 6th.  Please get in touch with orcall 01225 704187.


The winners of Melksham Town Council’s Melksham in Bloom competition 2021, are listed below.  

Residential Categories:

Large Front Garden

1st: Bruce Petty

2nd: Heather Songhurst/ Marina Greenman

3rd: Paul Whitlock

Small Front Garden

Laura and Ian Harding

Guy Gale

Mr and Mrs Sandford

Large Rear garden

Mary Saunders

Laura and Ian Harding

Bruce Petty

Small Rear garden

Katherine and Julian White

David Walker

Roy Songhurst/ Eve Tadhunter


Michael Clark

Gillian Clancy

External display with no garden

Paul Warwick

David Walker

Nikki Rowe

Best single tub/container

David Walker

Joint: Bruce Petty &

Arthur Ephgrave

Mr and Mrs Sandford

Best single hanging basket

Mr and Mrs Sandford

Bruce Petty

Roy Songhurst/ Eve Tadhunter

Best garden feature  involving water

Laura and Ian Harding

Eve Cartledge

Arthur Ephgrave

Best innovative garden  design

Katherine and Julian White

Laura and Ian Harding

David Walker

Most environmentally  friendly

Eve Cartledge

Katherine and Julian White

David Walker

Commercial/ Club Premises:

Best external floral display  

Jo Bayliss at Waitrose

Littlebrook Courtyard

Feet First

Best shop window display


Dorothy House


Other categories:

Best Residential Home

Wharf Court


Best street


Mobile Home Park

Church Walk

Special Recognition for Best  Newcomer

Paul Whitlock

Overall winners: Laura & Ian Harding
Jo Bayliss' fine upcycling work outside Waitrose
Wonderful display along Church Walk