Ruxley in bloom 2018

Welcome to Ruxley in Bloom, the annual gardening competition previously run by Bexley Council and now under the management of Ruxley Manor.

Ruxley in Bloom is as much about people as it is about plants and gardening. Founded on the principle that brightening up our outdoor spaces is good for us all, the competition gives individuals and local communities an opportunity to work together to bring about change.

how it works

Jim Buttress for Ruxley in BloomHeading up our judging panel is Jim Buttress, former Royal Gardener and Horticultural Judge on the BBC TV’s The Big Allotment Challenge. We’re delighted that Jim has lent his support to our competition and as the majority of entries will receive personal visits by our judges, Jim could be coming to a garden near you soon!

We have appointed independent professional horticultural judging criteria and give everyone an appropriate certificate (Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver, Bronze and Merit), it is a points based system so there can be multiple certificates per category with the winners defined by their points earned. Certificates and prizes will be presented at a special Gardening Awards Ceremony on 27th September 2018 at Ruxley Manor. (School Awards afternoon is 5th July 2018).

awards

Residential Awards

You don’t need to be a resident in the borough of Bexley to enter, merely living within 15 miles of Ruxley Manor. You can choose to enter one or more categories and even nominate a neighbour or relative if you feel that their green-fingered talent deserves to be recognised!

  • Best front garden - seasonal/container/s display
  • Best front garden - permanent display
  • Best back garden

Prizes
1st: Trophy & £100 voucher, 2nd: £50 voucher, 3rd: £30 voucher

School Awards

Will you be top of the class?! Enter your school into the competition and see if you can impress our judges! They will be looking for evidence that children have created the gardens themselves, with ideas and practical skills clearly visible.

  • Best school garden
    1st: Trophy & £60 voucher, 2nd: £40 voucher, 3rd: £20 voucher
  • Best school veg plot
    1st: Trophy & £60 voucher, 2nd: £40 voucher, 3rd: £20 voucher
  • Best school container/s
    1st: Trophy & £30 voucher, 2nd: £20 voucher, 3rd: £10 voucher
  • Heaviest potatoes challenge
    1st: Trophy & £60 voucher, 2nd: £40 voucher, 3rd: £20 voucher

School Seminar

If you'd like to get your school involved in Ruxley in Bloom but are unsure where to start we are hosting a School Seminar on the 20th April 2018 at 2pm where Jim Buttress will advise on what makes a winning entry, how to start and maintain a school garden and be available for a Q&A session

Allotment Awards

  • Best allotment plot
    1st: Trophy & £120 voucher, 2nd: £80 voucher, 3rd: £40 voucher
  • Best overall allotment site
    1st: Trophy & £100 voucher, 2nd: £50 voucher, 3rd: £30 voucher

Business & Community Awards

This is the broadest category and is designed to appeal to businesses and community groups in your locality.

  • Best shop/business - garden/container display
    1st: Trophy & £100 voucher, 2nd: £50 voucher, 3rd: £30 voucher
  • Best community garden
    1st: Trophy & £100 voucher, 2nd: £50 voucher, 3rd: £30 voucher

golden trowel award

A special award for an individual who the Directors of Ruxley Manor feel has a genuine commitment to gardening that deserves to be recognised. You may know someone who has overcome personal adversity to create a garden or perhaps you would like to nominate a neighbour who helps to maintain your own garden... either way this person will be that ‘special someone’ whose love of gardening shines through.

Please email the name and contact details of the person you would like to receive the ‘Golden Trowel’ trophy (and £100 gift voucher) to inbloom@ruxley-manor.co.uk. Only one nomination per entry please. Please briefly explain why this person should win.