International Garden Photographer of the Year competition

Thompson & Morgan sponsors new category for ordinary gardeners

Artichoke by Jason Ingram/IGPOTY
Artichoke. Picture; Jason Ingram/IGPOTY

Fancy yourself as a garden photographer? I don’t have a snapper’s eye, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed, but now everyone can enter the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition.

Seedsman Thompson & Morgan is collaborating with IGPOTY to sponsor a new award, the Joy of Gardening.

You can enter images of Thompson & Morgan products that you’ve grown and winners will appear at the launch event at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and have their photograph published in the annual IGPOTY book.

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Continue reading “International Garden Photographer of the Year competition”

Win hand-made bird box from WhisperLeaf Workshop

Unique prize made from reclaimed wood

Bird box
Win this charming bird box made from recycled wood. Picture; WhisperLeaf Workshop

Fancy winning this one-of-a-kind bird box made from ethically sourced 100 per cent reclaimed wood? Well, you can in this week’s competition, thanks to the lovely Phil Thompson from WhisperLeaf Workshop!

Phil, from Leeds, makes a host of lovely (and handy) items, including coat racks, candle holders, potting tables, all sorts of boxes and you can ask him to make anything you like.

See his latest creations on Twitter @WhisperLeaf1, on Etsy, on Facebook and Instagram. Continue reading “Win hand-made bird box from WhisperLeaf Workshop”

Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book

new gardening cookbook review and competition

The Jam Maker's Garden
The Jam Maker’s Garden by Holly Farrell

Ever grown a crop of fruit or veg and it’s done so well you end up with a glut and haven’t got a clue how to use or preserve it?

Well, this new book, The Jam Maker’s Garden – Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves could be the answer – and you can win one in this week’s competition.

Written by Holly Farrell with pictures by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, this is NOT a book to keep on the shelf – you’ll need it to hand in the kitchen when you bring your crops indoors and decide what to do with them.

As well as a useful beginners’ section on what equipment you’ll need to make jams, jellies, chutneys, ketchup, curds, etc, the Continue reading “Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book”

Win Tall Cat statue from White Stores

La Hacienda’s cool cat up for grabs

La Hacienda's Tall Cat
La Hacienda’s Tall Cat. Picture; White Stores

How cool is this cat? Even cooler if you win it in this week’s competition, courtesy of White Stores!

La Hacienda’s Tall Cat adds a zingy blast of colour to your garden (or indoors, if you prefer). He’s made from durable steel and finished with hand painted brightly coloured detail.

He’s quite a solid beast at 38cm x 23cm x 7cm and retails at £19.99 and looks great in a tropical-style or city garden. Other matching pieces can also be bought to brighten up your outdoor space.

White Stores sells a huge range of garden and conservatory Continue reading “Win Tall Cat statue from White Stores”

50 packets of free seeds up for grabs!

Seeds for first 50 gardeners to email Plants of Distinction

Heads up folks – the first 50 gardeners to respond to this offer can claim a free packet of seeds from Plants of Distinction. Continue reading “50 packets of free seeds up for grabs!”

Win The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom

Win a copy of revamped gardening book classic plus review

The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom
The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom

The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom is one of the gardening world’s classic books – and you can win an updated version in this week’s competition.

Tagged as ‘the book of the century’ by horticulturist Michael Michaud, it was first published in 1984, and was hailed as a game-changer by professionals and keen amateur gardeners alike.

The original book was inspired by Joy’s year-long ‘Grand Vegetable Tour’ around Europe with her family and later trials with oriental vegetables.

The name is a slight misnomer – there are more than 200 vegetables, wild plants, herbs, etc covered at length in its nearly 300 pages – not just salad ‘leaves’ but everything you could possibly put in a salad. Continue reading “Win The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom”