Ruxley in Bloom

Ruxley in Bloom 2021

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. 

RUXLEY IN BLOOM 2021

After the last year of lockdowns plenty of you spent a lot more time in your gardens, benefiting from being outside and doing something healthy. This year’s competition gives us all a chance to get back out in the garden and whether you are a budding gardener or just starting out in your garden this year’s competition offers everything you could want from a gardening contest – free entry, professional independent judges and an abundance of prizes. With a range of categories to choose from there is something for everyone – from hardy allotmenteers aiming to be the ‘pick of the crop’ to schools striving to be ‘top of the class’!
Heading up our judging panel is Jim Buttress, former Royal Gardener and Horticultural Judge on the BBC TV’s The Big Allotment Challenge.

2021 categories

RESIDENTIAL

  • Best front garden – seasonal or container(s) display
  • Best front garden – permanent display
  • Best back garden

ALLOTMENTS

  • Best allotment plot
  • Best overall allotment site

BUSINESS & COMMUNITY

  • Best shop/business/pub/restaurant – garden/container(s) display
  • Best community garden

SCHOOLS

  • Best themed container

RUXLEY MANOR GOLDEN TROWEL AWARD

The Ruxley Manor Golden Trowel Award is for someone in the community has gone above and beyond to create beautiful outdoor spaces for themselves and those around them. To nominate someone who has made a difference please use our Golden Trowel Nomination form, include your details, the details of your nominee and the reason you are nominating them. The winner will be decided by Andrew and James Evans, Directors of Ruxley Manor.

entry information

All entries open on 6th April 2021.

This year, due to safety, we will not be offering in-person judging to schools entries. Please submit up to 3 photographs of your Themed Container using our entry form by the 28th May 2021.

We will have two ways to enter the main awards this year (please choose one):

For those who would like to be visited by the judges from The London Gardens Society and can offer direct access to their gardens with no need to enter through the house – you will need to register your entry through our entry form by the 29th June 2021.

For those who would not like to be visited by the judges or cannot offer side access to their gardens we will be making available another entry form after the 30th June, accessible until the 5th August. You will be able to upload up to 3 photographs per category entered which will be given to the judges during the judging period.

To nominate someone for the Golden Trowel Award please use our Golden Trowel Nomination Form by 5th August 2021.

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health & safety

To keep our customers and judges safe this year we are opening up the competition to allow you to either send a photo in of your garden or be visited by one of our judges. 

Please note if you choose to be visited by one of our judges you will need to:

  • Provide side access to your garden
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain a 2 metre distance at all times

These rules will follow the latest Government guidance and are subject to amendment at any time.

Jim Buttress Head Judge

ENTRY DEADLINES & JUDGING dATES

  • School Awards entry closing date: 28th May 2021
  • Main Awards (for judges visiting) entry closing date: 29th June 2021
    Main Awards (for photo uploads) entry closing date: 5th August 2021
  • School judging: this year there will be no in person judging, please submit up to 3 photos via the entry form.
  • Main judging dates: 12th July – 5th August 2021. If you do not have side access or do not one an in person visit please submit up to 3 photos per category using the entry form by 5th August 2021.

ruxley in bloom prizes

SCHOOLS

  • 1st: Trophy & £100 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 2nd: £50 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 3rd: £30 Ruxley Manor Voucher

RESIDENTIAL

  • 1st: Trophy & £100 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 2nd: £50 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 3rd: £30 Ruxley Manor Voucher

ALLOTMENTS

Best overall allotment site

  • 1st: £120 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 2nd: £80 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 3rd: £40 Ruxley Manor Voucher

Best community garden

  • 1st: Trophy & £100 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 2nd: £50 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 3rd: £30 Ruxley Manor Voucher

BUSINESS & COMMUNITIES

Best shop/business/pub/restaurant garden/container or display

  • 1st: Profile & £100 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 2nd: £50 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 3rd: £30 Ruxley Manor Voucher

Best community garden

  • 1st: Trophy & £100 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 2nd: £50 Ruxley Manor Voucher
  • 3rd: £30 Ruxley Manor Voucher

Golden Trowel Award

  • Golden Trowel & £100 Ruxley Manor Voucher
All vouchers are Ruxley Manor vouchers and are redeemable against products for sale throughout the garden centre all year round. Not redeemable in The Mulberry Tree.