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 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.

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Urban Flowers book competition and review

2 copies to be won of best gardening book of the year

Urban FlowersI’ve reviewed a lot of gardening books this year but the best so far is Urban Flowers: Creating Abundance in a Small City Garden – and I have two copies to win in this week’s competition.

Written by Carolyn Dunster with photographs by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, the book is available to buy from April 6.

The reason I like it so much is that it is truly inspirational to all – it gives simple, cheap but stylish upcycling tips to people with no gardening ability. Continue reading “Urban Flowers book competition and review”

Win Mother’s Day gardening set

Leather gauntlets and secateurs from Town & Country up for grabs

T&C gloves secateurs setShow your mam (mum, mother, mater, mama, etc) just how much you love her this Mother’s Day on March 26 – win her this great gardening gift set from Town & Country.

It comprises a pair of Town & Country’s Medium Continue reading “Win Mother’s Day gardening set”

Win The Thoughtful Gardener and Good Soil books

£165 worth of gardening books up for grabs

This week I have a double book competition – three copies each of The Thoughtful Gardener
An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design by Jinny Blom and Good Soil by Tina Råman to win, worth £165!


The Thoughtful Gardener, Jinny Blom

The Thoughtful GardenerThe Thoughtful Gardener is a thing of beauty in its own right – not your ordinary gardening book.

Author Jinny Blom has been described by Piet Oudolf as: “The most romantic, creative person in garden design I know.” High praise indeed.

Jinny embraces a wide variety of styles, from formal walled gardens to contemporary installations and she shares her insight into the creative process she has developed while designing more than 250 gardens around the world. Continue reading “Win The Thoughtful Gardener and Good Soil books”