Many thanks to Penny Read (Parks Partnership Officer at Bromley Council) for arranging the judging of our front gardens.

The judges were Janet Berlin, organiser of the Bromley NSPCC Open Gardens and RHS “London in Bloom” judge, and Jane Rand, Penge in Bloom.

Here are their comments and results.

 

Place

Comments

Princes Road

 

 

17

1st

A tidy garden. Shingle and pebbles added interest. Good variety of flowers grown

9

2nd

A stunning group of interesting plants in pots. There were a few dead leaves that should have been removed

4

3rd

Some nice colour but needs a tidy up

 

 

 

Hardings Lane

 

 

14

1st

Two fairly good hanging baskets, lots of colour. We liked the inclusion of the roller.
The planting petered out by the hedge

1

2nd

Garden a little untidy but a pleasing show of cottage garden type plants

 

 

 

Albert Road

 

 

35

1st

Well maintained and interesting garden with good variety of plants. We especially liked the unusual lilies

17

2nd

The vegetable patch well maintained and planted. Some colour and interest in bedding plants

53

3rd

A slightly haphazard garden but we loved the hollyhocks

 

 

 

Edward Road

 

 

70

1st

We loved the use of Victorian edging. A neat garden with good use of pebbles. Some good planting in containers and hanging baskets . More density of planting would give a better effect

59

2nd

We loved the obvious attention to a pink and lavender colour scheme. Cobbled drive most effective

106a

3rd

A tidy garden . Lovely roses and clematis

102

Highly
Commended

Nice plant variety, Could have more colour

 

 

 

Victor Road

 

 

135

1st

Some lovely planting.
Garden well maintained. Interesting attention given to comparative heights of plants. Pretty alpine rockery. Lawn needs attention.

108

1st

A charming front garden with lots to see. Well maintained and a good choice of plants and pots.

133

3rd

We loved the planting in the raised bed. Some good colour . Hanging basket looked pretty and hedge well cut. Sweet peas looking promising

General comment

On the whole we were rather disappointed that more front gardens had not been brought up to scratch for judging. The small size of most of the plots meant that a pleasing result can be achieved with relatively little effort.

The gardens that won prizes should be congratulated on giving passers by an enjoyable experience , we certainly loved seeing the variety and colour even though the constant rain damped things down. Well done to the organisers and participants.

A big thank you to Janet and Jane for braving the rain last Sunday and their comments.

Janet Berlin’s Garden will open to the public on Sunday 26th June in aid of the NSPCC:

Open Garden Sunday 26th June 2-5pm Entry £2
36 Downs Hill, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 5HB

ln June this prize winning garden looks very different from the first opening in May. Come and see the many unusual plants and trees, ponds and woodland areas, several patios and hundreds of plants in pots. Teas and home made cakes, raffle. Entertainment from a Jazz Band.