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Milton Keynes Garden of the Year 2014 Competition


By derekp


Hi Everyone.

It’s that time of year again for the Milton Keynes Garden of the Year 2014 Competition. Both my wife Jackie and I have been working hard since February to get the garden ready for entering it into the competition. On Wednesday 16th July our garden was judged and now we have an anxious 2 week wait to see where we come. We only have a small garden, both the front and back are under 50sq metres. I will update this blog to let you know where we come in the competition.

We have entered the following categories:
-Best Small Front Garden
-Best Small Back Garden
-Best Housing Association Garden
-Best Hanging Basket/Container

I’ve included some photos, please let me know what you think. My wife loves any comments people make (good or bad).



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I hope you are successful, it is a delightful small ,
well designed garden. Good luck.

18 Jul, 2014


Good luck. Both gardens and the side of the house look amazing!

18 Jul, 2014


It may be small but you have designed it well and managed to pack a lot in. The front garden is lovely, beautiful hanging baskets and a good selection of very healthy plants, I like the slate obelisk too. The side garden with the lovely selection of plants and the 'to die for' Datura must be a winner, also the 'picture frame' to break up the long wall is a great idea with the plants peeping over the top of the wall.

Lots of lovely plants in the back garden too and you've even managed to squeeze in a pretty pond.

Good luck to you both.

18 Jul, 2014


What a wonderful display and layout, much packed into it,but not looking creative with your lovely planting,and selection of plants,complete with pond,and decorative features..I'm sure you will be very successful in the Competition,good luck to you both,..Nominated for Goypedia..small gardens,I'm so impressed..:o)

18 Jul, 2014


Fab - u - lous !

18 Jul, 2014


Very good. I didnt enter a Garden Competition again because they started this 'rolling drums' lark.
We were not told our marks or the result.
Had to attend the council offices one dismal night in November. Then the 3rd prizewinner was announced -
with long gap to give everyone stomach ulcers -
then the 2nd ditto, and the 1st.
Taunting them with the prizewinning cheques.

I said they shouldnt treat gardeners like that.
Refused to take part again unless this maniac behaviour was changed.
You have worked hard to get such a lovely display Derek.
I hope Milton Keynes Council have the courtesy to acknowledge this by sending you a letter stating your
result. Then invite you to the prize giving.

18 Jul, 2014


Well I think it looks wonderful. The planting is fabulous but perhaps the sculpture is a bit too much. I am amazed how much you have managed to do in a small area. Good luck deserve success.

18 Jul, 2014


Beautiful, so neat and tidy!

19 Jul, 2014


Beautiful gardens. I'm amazed how much you've managed to fit in without it seeming over crowded. Hope you get a good result - you certainly deserve it

19 Jul, 2014


Thank you everyone for your kind comments, I am pleased to say we won 2nd place for best small front garden and 1st place for housing association. we are lucky with the Milton Keynes garden competition we do get notified the results in advance of the presentation in Aug, but have to wait until September for the presentation itself. Last year (2013) we won best small front garden, best small back garden, housing association and best in show as well. Happy gardening everyone :)

7 Oct, 2014


Well done! . . and richly deserved. I particularly like the planting and design of the front garden . . really making the most of a small space. :)

4 Apr, 2016

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