Key Dates
Competition open for entries until June 30th 2018 (now closed)
Judging visits – 8th July until the 20th July 2018
Short list of finalists announced – August 24th 2018 in the Isle of Wight County Press
Awards Ceremony – 21st September 2018

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The Judges are out and about

The competition entry dates have now passed, and the 9 mystery judges are out and about right now. The judging period started on the 8th of July and continues until the 20th. If you have entered the competition this year, your garden could be judged on any day between those dates.

We know that some people look out for the judges and want to tell them all about their garden. Please do understand that the judges have to take a balanced view across a whole category of gardens, so unless they have the opportunity to talk to every garden owner or gardener in that category, the judges sometimes prefer to keep their conversations to a minimum, just to be fair to all entrants.

Once your entry has been judged you’ll know this has happened because the judge will leave a “You’ve been judged” postcard at your property, then you can relax!

Once the judges have completed their work, around the second week of August, a short list of finalists will be announce. If you make it on to the finalists list that means that you’ve either won “highly commended”, “Runner up” or “Overall class winner” and you’ll be invited to the awards ceremony with Alan Titchmarsh on the 21st of September (11am – 1pm). The location will be announced shortly, but we can tell you it will be a central Island location, handy for everyone.

If you really do need to know the day that your judges visit is taking place, we will try to find out for you, but please be aware that there are over 125 gardens to judge, and it’s sometimes therefore quite difficult to be precise about the day and the time of a specific visit. Even so, if you really do need to know, then please email and we’ll ask the right category judge  if they have any idea of when they are planning to visit you.

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Celebrity Gardener Supports Wight in Bloom

Alan Titchmarsh MBE VHM DL is our patron. He does a grand job encouraging more Islander’s to get out into their gardens and make things happen. For the last few years Alan has graciously donated his time to come along and present the Wight in Bloom awards at our Annual Awards Ceremony held in September each year.

Mike Fitt OBE is our special adviser, and a very keen and enthusiastic supporter of Island gardening projects. He is no less than a Royal Gardens expert and long time In Bloom judge for London, the South East and beyond.

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Wight in Bloom 2018 short list

Thank you so much to everyone who entered Wight in Bloom 2018. We’d also like to thank our judges and our sponsors; Liz Earle, Red Funnel, Isle of Wight County Press and Visit Isle of Wight.

We’re delighted to announce the short list for this year’s competition. Well done everyone!

Best Small Front Garden

Mr and Mrs Smallman
Susan Midgley

John Cavanagh


Best Large Front Garden

Steve and Carol Denness

Mr F.S. Brett

Jo Hardy-Bishop


Best Commercial Garden

Vernon Cottage

Bembridge Coast Hotel

Haven Hall


Best Senior Citizen Complex

Mountbatten Hospice

Knights Court

The Limes


Best Young People Initiative

Lucas Richards

Niton Primary School

Shalfleet CE Primary School
Wootton Community Primary School


Best Community Floral Project

Sandown Green Town Volunteers

Northwood House

Sandown Railway Station


Best Small Tourist Attraction Garden

English Heritage – Princess Beatrice Garden, Carisbrooke Castle

Farringford Estate

Rylstone Tea Gardens


Best Large Tourist Attraction Garden

Robin Hill Country Park

Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Mottistone Gardens


Best Creative Use of a Small Space

Nicola Robinson

Graham and Jackie Smith

Elizabeth Allan


Best Water Feature

P. Blow

Den Clare

Mrs Patricia McCree


Best Edible Garden

Pamela Toms

Sue and Andy Garner

Sue Cheek

The final winners will be announced on Friday 21st September at the official awards ceremony. The winner of the Peggy Jarman Trophy for the overall winner of Wight in Bloom 2018 will also be announced on the day.


The Excitement is growing…

If you’ve never entered a gardening competition before, the thought of it can feel quite intimidating, but Wight in Bloom is free and easy to enter, and great fun too. You don’t have to own a stately home, a 100 acre wood or even a garden! There are 11 different categories, and one of them is bound to be right for you.

Rest assured, the backbone of Wight in Bloom is the amateur gardener who showcases their work in small front gardens, window boxes and hanging baskets, or enters the competition to have their vegetable plots or water features judged. There’s even a category for younger people, as well as the more established community display categories.

Entering the competition is easy. All you have to do is decide which category you’re going for and then complete the entry form. You can do that online, or pick up a form from one of the Island’s garden centres, or print one out yourself, fill it in and post it off. There’s no charge to enter the competition, but you absolutely must put your entry form in before the 30th of June so that judging can take place in July.

The judges are looking for clever ideas, good use of colour and form, an imaginative mix of planting as well as the more obvious wow factor elements. But once again, big is not always best. If you have a passion for gardening, but just two hanging baskets and a window box, you’re likely to have just as much chance of being a winner as the owner of a 12 acre estate with an army of gardeners.

Judging takes place in July, usually by “mystery visit” without you knowing the actual day you’ll be judged. Most categories require your garden to be free to view and visible without having to step onto your property, although there are exceptions and these are explained on the entry forms. Once the judging has taken place you’ll receive a postcard to confirm judging has happened and you can then relax!

During August a short list of finalists is agreed, and those gardeners are notified and invited to attend the Awards ceremony, which happens in September. For the last three years our Wight in Bloom patron, TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh has attended the event and handed over the awards himself. As well as winning the all important Wight in Bloom certificate, there are a number of small prizes given out, including ferry tickets and goody bags from Liz Earle. The County Press newspaper publishes the list of winners and takes photos at the event.

It’s worth knowing that there are usually around 120 or so entries a year, so the odds of being selected as one of the finalists is really quite high, especially if you’ve taken an imaginative approach with your green fingers.

If you’re already entering a local bloom competition (like Bembridge in Bloom for instance) there is nothing to stop you from entering Wight in Bloom as well. It also doesn’t matter if you use an army of professional gardeners or it’s just you, the judges take that kind of thing into account when they come to consider who the worthy winners should be.

So, if you’ve never entered, why not have a go this year? Most of all, Wight in Bloom is here to encourage as many people as possible to get out into the garden and do a little to help brighten up the island for us all to enjoy. It’s nice to receive some recognition for your hard work, so fill out an entry form today and you really could be a winner.

Photo: Daily Express: Dazzling displays with contrasting colours: Alan Titchmarsh on bright garden containers >


Looking for a printed entry form?

There are three ways to register your entry into this year’s competition:

1. You can download an entry form (here), print it off and send it in by post
2. Or you can complete the entry online by clicking here.
3. Alternatively you can pick up printed entry forms at the following locations on the Island:

Honnor & Jeffrey Garden Centre – Freshwater
Dimbola Tourist Information Point – Freshwater Bay
Yarmouth Harbour Tourist Information Point – Yarmouth
Forest View Nursery – Newport
Guildhall Visit Centre – Newport
County Press Head Office – Newport
The Range – Cowes
Care in the Garden Nursery – Wootton
Medina Garden Centre – Wootton
Busy Bees Garden Centre – Ryde
Ryde Tourist Information Point – Ryde Promenade
The Coastal Gardener – St Helens
Bembridge Tourist Information Point – Bembridge
Honnor and Jeffrey Garden Centre – Lake
Shanklin Tourist Information Point, Vernon Cottage – Shanklin
Ventnor Botanic Gardens – Ventnor
Godshill Tourist Information Point (Village Stores) Godshill
Jubilee Garden Centre – Arreton
Thompsons Garden Centre – Arreton
Highwood Nursery – Rookley
Village Store – Brighstone

Don’t miss the deadline – the 30th of June 2018 is the last day you can enter the competition before judging takes place. Good luck!

LATEST NEWS about Wight in Bloom

Wight in Bloom 2018 competition is launched.
Issued 3rd May 2018

National gardening week on the Isle of Wight saw the launch of the 2018 Wight in Bloom gardening competition this Wednesday, 2nd May.

Islanders have been entering the competition in increasing numbers in recent years, with over 130 entries recorded last year. There are eleven categories within Wight in Bloom, including small front gardens, commercial categories, best window box, schools entry and water feature.

Green-fingered Isle of Wight residents compete to win prizes presented by Alan Titchmarsh, patron of Wight in Bloom, at an awards ceremony in September. Judging takes place in July, and the deadline for entering the competition is the 30th of June. This year’s prizes include gardening tools and vouchers, Red Funnel ferry travel, Liz Earle cosmetics and signed certificates. The overall winner takes home the Peggy Jarman Trophy, which was introduced last year in honour of the original Wight in Bloom coordinator.

This year’s competition was launched in the new Signature lounge on board Red Eagle car ferry. Red Funnel are the long standing sponsors of the competition.


Kevin George, Red Funnel’s Chairman and CEO said:

“We are thrilled to continue to support the increasingly popular Wight in Bloom and to be hosting this year’s launch event aboard Red Eagle. The competition provides a good opportunity for green-fingered enthusiasts living on the Isle of Wight to showcase their talents. It also gives them an opportunity to demonstrate the work they do to make the Island such a colourful and vibrant place to visit.”

Visit Isle of Wight joined Red Funnel to support the event three years ago, and consider the competition is a positive move to highlight the Island’s Garden Isle heritage. WIll Myles (managing director) said:

“Our visitors come to the Island and they want to see beautiful places, beautiful gardens, beautiful attractions and Wight In Bloom certainly does that.”

“You can be a starter, someone who’s been gardening for years, you could be the English Heritage gardening team, everybody should take part because there’s categories for everyone, including youth, schools, the whole thing.

“It’s called ‘How Green Is Your Garden’ and the judges will be giving bonus points for gardens and landscapes that demonstrate sustainability and best environmental practices which links in with everything that people are doing throughout the world with sustainability, turning the tide on plastic, all these different elements.”

Entry details can be found on the gardening competition website and printed entry forms will be available at selected garden centres and other outlets in the coming days.

Issued 3rd May 2018

2018 competition is now closed

The 2018 WIGHT IN BLOOM competition is now open for entries, and you have until midday on the 30th of June to enter. There are great prizes to win, including Liz Earle products, Red Funnel ferry tickets, gift vouchers and gardening tools. Finalists and winners will be featured in the Isle of Wight Country Press and online.

If you’ve never entered the competition before, make 2018 your year. There are 11 categories to choose from, from small window box displays to large commercial gardens. Judging will take place in July and the shortlisted finalists will be invited to attend a free awards ceremony in September.

This year the judges will be awarding bonus points for greener gardening. You may choose to make your garden wildlife friendly, recycle, or reduce plastic in your garden. The keen eyed judges will be on the look out for great ideas put into action in this year’s competition.

How to enter:

1. Download a PDF of the 2018 Competition Entry Form, print out a hard copy and send it to the competition address printed on the form

2. You can also complete the form online – click on this link to see the form now.

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