Prizes were presented to winners and runners-up by Blackpool Coun Mayor Kathryn Benson and Mayoress Mrs Therese Clark outside a packed Derham Salon at the Winter Gardens.
The jury of four judges visited the 28 gardens participating in the competition at the end of July. Each judge awarded scores out of 40 points: 10 for design, 10 for color, 10 for impact and 10 for maintenance.
Organizer Elaine Smith stepped in at the last minute to make this year’s event happen after the previous team was unable to go ahead and, with the help of Blackpool Council in particular and other sponsors, the Blackpool Civic Trust, Friends of Stanley Park and the Conservatories Trust and Conservatories, brought back the popular competition.
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Elaine Smith said: “The gardens were absolutely fabulous! Because we had to step in at the last minute the judges were later than usual to look at the displays so some weren’t looking their best. But the winners were fabulous and fully deserved their awards. Everyone had been busy with their watering cans! One garden that stood out for us was at Orchard Avenue where we met three-year-old Lily and her mother Caroline. Lily told us all on the plants and showed us the peas growing in It was nice to hear, so we gave Lily, her twin brother Archie and their mother a special prize.
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Photos by one of the judges, Allan Wignall. Categories included small/medium gardens; Large gardens; Courtyard/container gardens; hanging baskets; Hotel accommodation; Pub and tourist attractions; Colleges and schools; Thematic Display and Community. The Lyndene Hotel was co-winner in the Hotel Accommodation category
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The Clifton House, also in Bairstow Street, was the other co-winner in the hotel category
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The winner in the pub category was the Boars Head on Preston Old Road