BUDDING gardeners were presented with awards at the annual Ore in Bloom prize-giving ceremony recently.
Now in its second year the Mayor, Councillor Kim Forward and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Roberts handed the prizes to the winners and runners-up.
Michael and Maria Cooper, of Harold Road, came first in the best front garden category with an amazing array of hot coloured annuals.
The best container/hanging basket category was won by Brian Chappell and his wife, of Old London Road, their display using both colour and foliage with a tropical twist.
Mr and Mrs Chappell donated their winning voucher back to Ore in Bloom to assist with committee members’ continuing work.
The best business category was won by The Old King John with its delightful secret garden followed in a close second place by Mephams Butchers, whose staff this year gave their shop an almost country village feel.
Other winners included the Rainbow Playgroup, based at the Ore Community Centre, who won the Young Gardener of the Year with an extensive range of vegetables planted in ingenious containers.
Robert Eldridge, 87, of Coghurst Road, won the Oldie Gardener of the year with his manicured selection of roses.
Two new categories for this year included Best Vegetable Patch and Best Individual Allotment.
The winners for both categories were Dan, Lisa and Florence Redsull-Green with their stunning Paul’s Field Site allotment in Mount Road, piping The Bridge Community Centre to the post.
All winners of the major categories received a ceramic wall plaque celebrating their win and gift voucher donated once again by Blackbrooks Garden Centre.
Sarah Kowitz, chairman of Ore in Bloom, said she had been thrilled once again by the public enthusiasm for the competition.
She said: “Entries this year were to a very high standard giving examples of skill and pride. We are especially grateful to the Winchester family and Blackbrooks Garden Centre for their ongoing incredibly generous support for this competition.
“Judging proved especially difficult due to the high quality of those who entered.”
For a list of winners’ names email firstname.lastname@example.org.