Ruxley in Bloom

Ruxley in Bloom 2021

RUXLEY IN BLOOM 2022

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.

After the last couple of difficult years 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’ and to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we are asking schools to create the best single container display that is colourful, creative and fun dedicated to Her Majesty!

Heading up our judging panel is Jim Buttress, former Royal Gardener and Horticultural Judge on the BBC TV’s The Big Allotment Challenge.

ENTRIES ARE OPEN!

2022 categories

RESIDENTIAL

  • Best front garden – seasonal or 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 Queen’s Jubilee themed container – think Red, White  & Blue!

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 email inbloom@ruxley-manor.co.ukinclude 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 2022.

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 27th May 2022.

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 you will need to register your entry through our entry form by the 1st July 2022. Please note if you choose to be visited by one of our judges you will need to adhere to Government guidelines.

For those who would not like to be visited by the judges we will be making available another entry form after the 2nd July, accessible until the 17th 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 1st July 2022

Jim Buttress Head Judge

ENTRY DEADLINES & JUDGING dATES

  • School Awards photo entry closing date: 27th May 2022
  • Main Awards (for judges visiting) entry closing date: 1st July 2022
    Main Awards (for photo uploads) entry closing date: 7th August 2022
    Golden Trowel entry closing date: 1st July 2022
  • School judging: this year there will be no in person judging, please submit up to 3 photos via the entry form by 27th May 2022.
  • Main judging dates: 18th July – 7th August 2022. If you do not have side access or do not want an in person visit please submit up to 3 photos per category using the entry form by 7th August 2022.

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 allotment plot

  • 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.