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Horsham in Bloom – Summer Competition Season 2019!

Horsham in Bloom is inviting all keen gardeners to enter one of their Competitions this Summer.
Whether you’re just doing your bit to keep Horsham looking beautiful for the wider community, a large front garden, a small garden plot, impressive hanging baskets, an allotment or no garden at all, there is a competition for you.
The ‘Growing Without a Garden’ Award, the most recently introduced category, is designed to recognise anyone who enjoys growing without the use of a conventional garden space. Entries must demonstrate imaginative use of limited conditions to provide a horticultural display, whether it’s in containers, baskets, on wall space or balconies, to give a few examples. Last time winner was Talbot Alley, between Market Square and Denne Road, where the residents brightened the twitten with the collection of window boxes, tubs and hanging baskets. Prizes for the deserving winners will be Gold £80 Silver £60 and Bronze £40. Deadline for entries is 15 July and judging will take place early in August.
Will your Front Garden, with or without hanging baskets, have a WOW factor this year? If so, enter this Competition for awards of £120, £90 and £60.  As well as that all important WOW factor, judges will be looking for a good balance of planting, evidence of planning and maintenance and the absence of pests and disease.
Entries for both the ‘Growing without a Garden’ and’ Best Front Gardens’ Competitions must be visible from the road or public access route and entrants need not be at home for their space to be judged. Deadline for entries is 15 July and judging will be in August.
Then there is the most eye-catching ‘Best Public House’ Competition’.  Last year many of the pubs in the town produced stunning displays. Who will win the Gold, Silver and Bronze wards this year?  Deadline for entries is 15 July and judging will be in early August.
The ‘Best Kept Allotment’ Competition, again with awards of £120, £90 and £60, is always popular and keenly contested. If you grow beautiful brassicas, cracking courgettes or a collection of flowers, herbs and vegetables, enter the Competition and go for Gold. Entries this time have a deadline of 1 June; judging will be in mid-July. There will be Commendation prizes for all the competitions.
Jean Griffin, F. Inst. Horticulture, Dip. R.B.G. Kew, this year’s Competitions Organiser, said: “In this, the Year or Culture in Horsham, the Committee encourages our shops, public houses, gardens, containers and allotments to make a special effort and join with the schools competition to make this a very SPECIAL FLORIFEROUS year for Horsham District”.
What to do next? To enter,  download the entry form from the Horsham in Bloom website and return to jeangriffin@sseib.com or send to HIB Competitions, 51 Earles Meadow, Horsham RH12 4HR.
Horsham in Bloom thanks generous sponsors Hillier’s Garden Centres and North Horsham Parish Council.
Needless to say, the work of Horsham in Bloom would not be possible without you – the general public, our generous sponsors and our volunteers.  If you see yourself being volunteer material then please do get in touch with us at hib.committee@gmail.com

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