Get, Set, Grow! Wight In Bloom Returns To Challenge Isle Of Wight Gardeners

By Alexander Raths

There is all to grow for as Wight in Bloom 2017 gets underway, giving Isle of Wight gardeners the chance to compete for awards in everything from Best Small Front Garden to Best Edible Garden.

The annual community-based competition celebrates the Island’s diverse range of green spaces, from the smallest postage stamp to the largest tourist attraction.

This year there will be 11 categories:

Best Small Front Garden, Best Large Front Garden, Best Commercial Garden, Best Senior Citizen Complex, Best Young People Initiative, Best Community Floral Project, Best Small Tourist Attraction Garden, Best Large Tourist Attraction Garden, Best Creative Use of a Small Space, Best Edible Garden, Best Water Feature.

You can enter between 19 May and 30 June.  Judging will take place 3 – 30 July.

First, second, highly commended and the overall winner of The Peggy Jarman Trophy will be allocated.

earl mountbatten hospice

This year, Wight in Bloom is supporting the Earl Mountbatten Hospice by buying sunflower seed packets to give to entrants. The money from the sale of them is being donated to the hospice in its 35 year.

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Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

Wight in Bloom Patron, tv’s (and the Isle of Wight’s) Alan Titchmarsh will present the awards at a garden party ceremony in September.

Find out more by emailing [email protected].