Garden competition winners announced

Tuesday September 18th 2018

Kevin Armstrong in his garden

Kevin Armstrong in his garden being presented with a gold certificate for Best Overall Garden and another gold certificate for Best Floral Garden by Depute Provost Margot Russell.

Bonnyrigg resident Kevin Armstrong and Lewis and Jean Bassindale from Roslin have won joint first place in the Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition 2018.

The annual competition is judged by Midlothian Council tenants. They were impressed with the high standard of entries this year and found it hard to choose between the two top prize winners. Kevin impressed them with his stunning garden that features herbaceous and ornamental shrubs, decking, a green house and a pond. The Bassindales are keen gardeners and have had success in the competition before, winning the competition last year. They were awarded top prize again because judges were impressed by the mixture of plants and flowers in their garden and the tidy lawn.

Kevin also won the gold award in the Best Floral Display category. He has been in his home for eight years and says it took him five years to get the garden looking like it does today. Kevin managed to salvage many of the plants he used from an acquaintance who was doing a garden clearance. He still has lots of ideas for further development of his garden and future plans include a shed and a hot tub.

Commenting on winning the competition he said: “I really enjoy spending time in the garden. It was quite neglected and characterless when I moved in and I have spent many years improving it. This is the first year that I have entered the competition and it’s great to have my efforts recognised by winning the awards for Best Overall Garden and Best Floral Display. I’m proud that I managed to achieve what I have by salvaging plants that were surplus to requirements. I also managed to source a recycled trellis and garden furniture. ”

The Depute Provost, Councillor Margot Russell said:

“Congratulations to all the dedicated gardeners who participated in the competition – particularly to the joint gold prize winners Kevin and Jean and Lewis. Gardening is a satisfying hobby that not only keeps you fit but rewards you with a pleasant outdoor space to relax in. The gardens belonging to all the prize winners also enhance their local neighbourhood.”

All Midlothian Council Tenants Garden Competition 2018 winners received Dobbies Garden Centre vouchers. Winners were as follows:

Best Overall Garden:

Gold joint first
Mr Kevin Armstrong, Bonnyrigg
Mr and Mrs Lewis Bassindale, Roslin

Silver plus
Mr and Mrs Liddle, Bonnyrigg
Mr and Mrs Peter Pryde, Dalkeith
Mrs Hazel Sweeney, Mayfield

Silver
Mr and Mrs Peter Herriot, Woodburn
Mrs Mary Gibson, Dalkeith
Mr Steven Harvey, Gorebridge
Mrs Sarah Weir, Dalkeith

Best Floral Display:

Gold
Mr Kevin Armstrong, Bonnyrigg

Silver plus
Mr and Mrs Lewis Bassindale, Roslin
Mr and Mrs Liddle, Bonnyrigg
Mr and Mrs Peter Pryde, Dalkeith

Silver
Mrs Hazel Sweeney, Mayfield
Mr and Mrs Herriot, Woodburn
Mrs Mary Gibson, Dalkeith

Most Improved

Gold
Tracey McCulloch, Dalkeith
Mr and Mrs John Dent, Dalkeith

Tallest Sunflower:

Gold
Tyler Harvey, Gorebridge (age 5)

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