Phoenix in bloom gardeners at their prize giving, looking happy with certificates

Blooming marvellous

Updated: 5 September 2019 at 12:54pm

Phoenix in Bloom’s prize-giving was back for another year. From community gardens to balcony displays, all were welcome to take part in the annual competition.

Building her first proper garden from nothing, Wendy Mulligan, a first-time entrant to Phoenix in Bloom, managed to scoop £100 first prize in the ‘Best Resident Garden’ category.

"I’m so proud, I’ve never won anything before" said Wendy. “I’m planning to put the prize money back into the garden, so I can get even more lovely flowers and plants.”

Wendy’s neighbours entered her into the competition after seeing her stunning garden over their fence.

Her immaculate lawn and colourful array of flowers gave her garden ‘the wow factor’ according to the resident and staff judges.

Another special mention should go to Mary Heelan, who won £200 for the best community garden. Mary has worked tirelessly to prevent flytipping near her home by brightening up small plots of land with a variety of flowers. 

There were also a number of other prizes, including for the best balcony display and fruit & veg plot.

James Peters, Estate Services Manager, said: "We set up Phoenix in Bloom to get more residents gardening and to say 'thank you' to those who work hard on their green spaces all year. They bring colour to the whole area. We’re always looking for more people to take part. You don’t have to have a huge garden or lots of experience to join in, just an enthusiasm for adding more greenery to the area.”

Phoenix will be hosting the event next year, with a brand-new category of ‘Most Improved Garden’ so get your phone out now and take some 'before' photos ready for the competition to reopen next spring.

A look back at the some of the winning gardens