2017 Garden Competition Results

The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s Garden Competition, the most prestigious garden competition in the area, saw 19 gardens and allotments entered this year, stretching from Lyme Regis to Hinton St George.  The competition was judged over two days by last year’s large garden winners, Mr Jason Smith and Mrs Nic Darby from Mangerton, and the overall garden winner, Mrs Erika Savory from Lyme Regis who were accompanied by the Melplash Agricultural Society President, Mr Ralph Newman, and the Chairman, Mr Will Frost who said.  “We were all very impressed by the high quality and standard of entries, they are a credit to everyone who has taken part in this year’s competition”

Melplash Agricultural Society Garden competition organiser, Peter Yeates added:  “This year was another fantastic garden competition. We were very pleased to have several entries from new residents to the area and were particularly pleased with the increased number of entries in the allotment category. Well done to everyone who entered and special thanks to this year’s judges.”

2017 Results

Large Gardens

Overall large garden winners -Sue and Colin Dyer

Winner                 Mr & Mrs Colin and Sue Dyer, Long Bredy

“Although quite traditional, this garden is, and is bound to be,  an inspiration for gardeners of all ages and all walks of life”

2nd                       Mrs Joyce Newton, Bothenhampton

Medium Gardens

Winner                 Mr & Mrs Hugh & Carol Lindsay, Beaminster

“Perfectly executed walled garden in harmony with period house, yet informal and relaxed”

2nd                        Mr and Mrs Peter & Barbara Lacey, Lyme Regis

Small Gardens

Winner                 Mrs Stephanie Harvey, Bridport

“Purposely designed and well executed easy maintenance garden which can be adapted to changing seasons with minimum fuss”

2nd                       Mr and Mrs Ian & Margaret Hill, Bridport


Winner of allotment class Bryony Medus.

Winner                 Ms Bryony Medus and Mr Keith Seaman, Bridport

“Well informed, very organised – showing passion and dedication”

Joint 2nd      Mr Donald Jolliffe, Netherbury and Mr John Studley, Hinton St George

The garden considered by the judges to be the best overall was Mr and Mrs Colin and Sue Dyer’s from Long Bredy

The judges commented:

“Real vision and expertise on show.. this garden will be a real stunner in a few years after continuous hard work”  said Jason Smith & Nic Darby

“A proper garden and proper gardeners  – inspirational, heart lifting and as soothing as a summer breeze!”said Erika Savory

The awards will be presented at the Melplash Show on Thursday 24 August.