2016 Garden Competition Results

Despite challenging weather conditions for gardeners this year, the Melplash Agricultural Society annual garden competition was once again very well supported.  Over two days the judges travelled across West Dorset visiting seventeen gardens in and around Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Chideock, Beaminster, Mosterton and of course Bridport.   (Entries have to live within 15 miles of Melplash Village Church).   The judges this year were last year’s overall winner and winner of the medium-sized garden,  Mrs Jane Pinkster from Beaminster and the winner of the allotment category, Mr John Studley from Hinton St George.

Best Large Garden

Winner of Large Garden class - Ms N Darby & Mr J Smith, Mangerton
Winner of Large Garden class – Ms N Darby & Mr J Smith, Mangerton

1st  Mrs N Darby and Mr J Smith, Mangerton

“A very interesting garden with lot of nooks and crannies, full of colour, well designed and a most enjoyable feature looking over the river”.

2nd  Mrs C Corsen, Stoke Abbott, Beaminster

Best Medium Garden

1st  Mrs Erika Savory, Lyme Regis

“Wow! what a beautiful and different garden, designed by a very knowledgeable passionate gardener –  hosts of seasonal, stunning blooms to be enjoyed”.

2nd  Mr Les Loveridge, Lyme Regis

Best Small Garden

1st  Mr Jerry Goade, Chideock

“On walking through the gate you get the wow factor:  it is well planned, with a good mix of varying heights and colour”.

2nd  Mrs Stephanie Harvey, Bridport

Best Allotment

1st  Mr Stephen Hillier, Charmouth

“A very good mix of vegetable plants, all looking very healthy and well fed.  Particularly liked the idea of a frog pond to control slugs!”

2nd  Mr Chris Thorner, Bridport

Special Award

Donald Jolliffe, Netherbury

“Mr Jolliffe has made excellent use of a very small space.   In the front garden there is a wide variety of plants offering a beautiful display of colour.. although a little cramped the vegetable patch has a  full variety of healthy plants.   It was also a pleasure to hear that Mr Jolliffe knows the names of all his plants! “

Best Overall Garen and winner of medium garden class - Erika Savory, Lyme Regis
Best Overall Garen and winner of medium garden class – Erika Savory, Lyme Regis

BEST OVERALL GARDEN, after much consideration by the judges, the best overall garden was awarded to Mrs Erika Savory from Lyme Regis

The winners wireceived their prizes in the Horticultural Tent at 4.30pm on Melplash show day – Thursday 25th August 2016.

 

Lucy