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FINALISTS FOR WIGHT IN BLOOM 2018 REVEALED

Last year's winners at Northwood House

The finalists for Wight In Bloom 2018 have been revealed this week.

The event, now in it’s fifth year, has seen over 125 entries in 9 categories this year, including best commercial garden and best edible garden.

Sponsored by Red Funnel, Liz Earle and Visit Isle of Wight, the competition sets out to demonstrate that the Island really is the ‘Garden Isle’.

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This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony on 21st September, hosted by gardening expert and former High Sheriff, Alan Titchmarsh.

Will Myles, MD of Visit Isle of Wight explains that Wight In Bloom is important to Islanders and visitors:

“It’s something that people want to see, they want to see lovely gardens, pubs, floral arrangements at hotels or attractions. The Island is classed as the Garden Isle, that is a huge accolade for the people that live here and we’re very proud of that and we want to show it off to our visitors.”

Will says that the diversity of entrants showed how the community has come together for Wight In Bloom:

“There’s everything from primary schools to care in the community projects to edible gardens… everyone has got involved, it’s a real community effort and its the community getting together to show our visitors what we have on this Island and why they should come back.”

The finalists are:

Category 1 – Best Small Front Garden  – 18 entries

Mr and Mrs Smallman, Susan Midgley and John Cavanagh

Category 2 – Best Large Front Garden – 13 entries

Steve and Carol Denness, Mr F.S. Brett and Jo Hardy-Bishop

Category 3 – Best Commercial Garden – 22 entries

Vernon Cottage, Bembridge Coast Hotel and Haven Hall

Category 4 – Best Senior Citizen Complex – 9 entries

Mountbatten Hospice, Knights Court and The Limes

• Category 5  – Best Young People Initiative – 9 entries

Lucas Richards, Niton, Shalfleet and Wootton Primary Schools

Category 6 – Best Community Floral Project – 7 entries

Sandown Green Town Volunteers, Northwood House, Sandown Railway Station

Category 7 – Best Small Tourist Attraction Garden – 9 entries

Princess Beatrice Garden (Carisrooke Castle), Farringford Estate and Rylstone Tea Gardens

Category 8 – Best Large Tourist Attraction Garden – 6 entries

Robin Hill Country Park, Ventnor Botanic Gardens and Mottistone Gardens

Category 9 – Best Creative Use of a Small Space – 12 entries

Nicola Robinson, Graham and Jackie Smith, Elizabeth Allan

Category 10 – Best Water Feature – 8 entries

Blow, Den Clarke and Mrs Patricia McCree

Category 11 – Best Edible Garden – 9 entries

Pamela Toms, Sue and Andy Garner, Sue Cheek

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