CHESHIRE’S 2008 Year of the Gardens has spurred on Mid Cheshire’s green- fingered residents to new levels of excellence.
Judges in the Chronicle’s best garden competition sponsored by Bridgemere Garden World had a tough time deciding on the winners.
But this week they declared the large garden winner to be Elaine Hulme of Sandown Crescent, Cuddington, and the small garden winner to be Virginia Perris of Mount Pleasant Road, Davenham.
Elaine’s garden caught the judges’ eyes because of its relaxed atmosphere, interesting combination of shapes and colours and because it is a delight to all ages, with corners to explore.
Virginia was out when judges called in but husband Roger took pride in explaining the changes they have made to a tapered garden which abuts the village’s cricket ground.
A figure-of-eight lawn is surrounded by colourful borders which provide scents and sights to delight the senses.
The runners-up in the large garden section were: second Margaret Walley of Station Road, Delamere, and third Mr S Skellington of Tudor Close, Rudheath.
The runners-up in the small garden section were: second Katie Naylor of Malpas Road, Northwich, and third Arthur Lambert of Mount Pleasant Road, Davenham.
The winners each receive £75 vouchers to spend at sponsor Bridgemere Garden World, with runners-up receiving £50 and £25 vouchers in each category.