Faringdon In Bloom

Faringdon Virtual Open Gardens Tour 2020

Sadly COVID -19 stopped out annual competition but it didn’t stop Faringdon having beautiful gardens! Thank you to all those that submitted photos of their gardens to Faringdon Town Council’s first ever virtual open gardens. Join us below for a virtual tour through Faringdon’s gardens.

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Faringdon in Bloom 2019

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Faringdon in Bloom 2019

The Faringdon in Bloom competition 2019 was judged on the 22nd of June and the awards ceremony took place in the Corn Exchange on the 23rd of June. The gardening competition was judged by Mr Kit Collin. The Junior Miniature Garden category was judged by Mayor Cllr. Dr Mike Wise and Belinda Harrison.

The competition comprised of eight categories which included Best Small Garden, Best Large Garden, Best Allotment, Best Business Hanging Basket, Best Business Floral Display, Best Miniature Garden and Joy to the Community

Winners received engraved trophies and certificates were also given out for Highly Commended achievements in each category. The Winner of the Best Junior Miniature Garden was awarded donated tickets to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and donated tickets to Crocodiles of the World were given to the runner up. All children that entered the Junior Miniature Garden were given Regent Cinema vouchers. The Winner of the Winners received the Winner’s shield.

The competition ended with an awards ceremony in the Corn Exchange, which was very well attended. The entries this year were of a very high standard which made the judge’s decision a difficult one.

 Winners of Faringdon in Bloom 2019

Best Patio Garden – Audrey Curnock and Edward Wheeler

Best Business Hanging Basket or Box – Perry Bishop and Chambers
Business Hanging basket or Box Highly commended – Stay grounded

Best Business Floral Display- ACACIA UK
Business Floral Display Highly Commended – African Children’s Fund

Best Allotment – Michael Sprules
Allotment Highly Commended – Andy Harper

Best large Garden – Stephen Stallard
Large Garden Highly Commended- Joyce Wright

Best Small Garden – Scharlie and Wim Meeuws
Small Garden Highly Commended – Mary McGuigan

Joy to the Community- Faringdon Infant School
Joy to the Community – Faringdon Library
Joy to the Community Highly Commended- Faringdon Bowling Club
Joy to the Community Highly Commended- ACACIA UK

Best Junior Miniature Garden- Amelie Cook
Highly Commended Junior Miniature Garden – Isaac Moore

It was wonderful to see so many beautiful gardens enter this year and we look forward to next year’s competition.

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Faringdon in Bloom 2018

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Faringdon in Bloom 2018

The Faringdon in Bloom competition 2018 was judged on the 23rd of June and the awards ceremony took place in the Corn Exchange on the 24th of June. The gardening competition was judged by Mr Paul Gray retired Head Gardener of Williamstrip Estate, Coln St Aldwyn, Gloucestershire. The Children’s Miniature Garden category and the Crafted Flower category were judged by Mayor Cllr David Barron and his wife Alex.

The competition comprised of eight categories which included Best Small Garden, Best Large Garden, Best Communal Garden, Best Allotment, Best Business Hanging Basket, Best Business Floral Display, Best Junior Miniature Garden and Best Crafted Flower.

This year saw more entries than ever before with 51 entries across the whole competition. Winners received engraved trophies and certificates were also given out for Highly Commended achievements in each category. The Winner of the Best Junior Miniature Garden was awarded donated tickets to Crocodiles of the World and runners up received Regent Cinema tickets. The Winner of the Winners received the Winner’s shield.

The competition ended with an awards ceremony in the Corn Exchange, which was very well attended. The entries this year were of a very high standard which made the judge’s decision a difficult one.

Winners of the Faringdon in Bloom 2018:

Best Small Garden won by Chris Platt
Highly Commended awarded to Scharlie Meeuws.

Best Large Garden won by Stephen Stallard
Highly Commended awarded to Andrew Townsend.

Best Communal Gardens won by Urszula Oglodzinska resident of Brackendale.
Highly Commended awarded to Faringdon Bowls Club.

Best Allotment won by Michael Sprules.
Highly Commended awarded to Annemarie Vine.

Best Business Hanging Baskets won by The Wheatsheaf.
Highly Commended awarded to The Swan.

Best Business Floral Display won by African Children’s Fund
Highly Commended awarded to Faringdon Library.

Joy to the Community
Waymark Properties

Pat Thomas Butchers

Mary McGuigan

Sandra Steele

Sylvia and Roger Day

Plant Collection Ann Hunt

Best Crafted Flower won by Isabela Pierzga -Dudzik.
Highly Commended awarded to Scharlie Meeuws.

Winner of the Winners won by Michael Sprules

Best Junior Gardner Ilka Rodgers

Best Junior Miniature Garden awarded to Viktoria Dudzik
Highly Commended awarded to Keira Ralph.
Runners up were:
Lewis Forbes
Jacob Moore
Creative award given to Siena Vincent
All of the Miniature Gardens were outstanding, and all the children had worked to very hard on their creations.

It was wonderful to see such creativity from Elsie Hodgson, Florence Cook, Aaron Vincent, Lizzie and Josiah Pugh.

We look forward to running the Faringdon in Bloom competition again next year.

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Winners of the Faringdon in Bloom 2017:

Best Small Garden
Winner Scharlie Meeuws.
Highly Commended Jan Fennelly and Katie McNicholl.
Joy to the Community Jan Fennelly.

Best Communal Garden
Winner Faringdon Bowling Green.
Highly Commended  Coxwell Gardens.
Joy to the Community  Feredune Care Home.

Best Allotment
Winner Faith Carpenter.
Highly Commended  Michael Sprules.
Junior Gardener Charlotte Carpenter.

Best Hanging Baskets
Winner Mrs Ebsworth.
Highly Commended John Morton.
Joy to the Community Mrs Ebsworth.

Best Business Floral Display
Winner Faringdon Library.
Highly Commended The Wheatsheaf and The Volunteer.
Joy to the Community awarded to African Children’s Fund charity shop and Acacia charity Shop.

Best Junior Miniature Garden
Winner Lizzie Pugh.
Highly commended Theo Day.

Best Crafted Flower
Winner Linda Gee.
Highly Commended Mrs M Gutsell.

Winner of the winners
Winner Scharlie Meeuws.

Winners of the Faringdon in Bloom 2016:

Best Small Garden won by Rachel Williams.
Highly Commended awarded to Mrs Mary McGuigan.

Best Communal Gardens won by Coxwell Gardens.
Highly Commended awarded to Ferendune Court Care Home.

Best Allotment won by Rachel Hopper.
Highly Commended awarded to Mrs Bunch.

Best Hanging Baskets won by The Wheatsheaf.
Highly Commended awarded to The Swan and The Volunteer.

Best Business Floral Display won by Acacia UK.
Highly Commended awarded to African Children’s Fund and Hare in the Woods.

Best Junior Miniature Garden awarded to Lily Buckley-Clough.

Best Crocheted Flower won by Sarah Richards.
Highly Commended awarded to Hilary Carter Belcher
Winner of the Winners won by Coxwell Gardens.