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B&Q’s Gardener of the Year competition is back!

Following last year's success, which saw Jez Young crowned B&Q Gardener of the Year, we’re delighted to announce that the competition will be returning for a third year. With fresh categories, a new celebrity face on the judging panel and £10,000 up for grabs, this competition has quickly become a highlight in the gardening calendar.

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Meet our winner

The winner of the 2023 B&Q Gardener of the year competition has been revealed as Matthew Symonds. Matthew has been working on his garden since he and his husband moved into the house nearly 20 years ago. Since then, it has been a labour of love, transforming the small space from a concrete square with weeds, into a cleverly designed multi-functional garden.

Congratulations to Matthew and thank you to everyone who entered! From gardens great and small, there were some fantastic entries which all proved that size, ability, and location are no barrier when it comes to creating inspiring and innovative outdoor spaces.

This year's categories

As Britain prepares for the Coronation, this year the nation will showcase their green fingers in four brand new categories under the new theme of The Great British Garden Party.

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    Best foodie garden

    This category heroes the garden where connections with friends and family are made over food – a space for food to be grown and enjoyed from plot to plate.

    • It’s a garden with everything from productive vegetable patches to an outdoor kitchen and a spot for al fresco dining.
    • The gardener might not have a high-end outdoor kitchen but is someone who can make the most of their outdoor space to grow produce and entertain guests.
    • This gardener is focused on being productive and resourceful, whilst creating a sustainable space; think peat-free soil, protective nets, and composters.
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    Best nature loving garden

    This category is for the garden that encourages all forms of wildlife to thrive, from birds and butterflies to fish and frogs – a place where nature can flourish.

    • It’s a garden that protects biodiversity and one where wildlife can safely seek a haven.
    • A sanctuary for wildlife with elements such as hedgehog highways, bee hotels and nectar-rich flowers running wild.
    • Sustainable practices as well as creativity are considered by the gardener, to make it not only a functional, but a wonderful home for nature.
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    Best versatile garden

    This category spotlights the garden where space is maximised, so that memories of every kind can be made. It’s a garden where a diverse range of activities can be enjoyed.

    • It could include an exercise area that can be transformed into a space for kids, a bar that folds down from the shed to create a pub, or a reading nook to unwind in.
    • This gardener and their friends and family want to spend time enjoying the garden instead of always heading out.
    • This gardener doesn’t necessarily have a huge garden but has a clever and creative multi-use space whilst keeping sustainable practices in mind.
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    Best showstopping garden

    This category celebrates the gardener who likes to stand out from the crowd, whether it’s a meticulous garden design, or a space that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

    • From jaw-dropping topiary to spectacular water features and colour-coordinated plants to themed décor, a showstopping garden is a magical work of art.
    • The garden showcases wild imagination with a range of plants, colours, and textures, as well as creating a space that is sustainable.
    • This kind of garden shows how a little can go a long way, championing skill, craft, creativity, and time investment.
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Best foodie garden

This category heroes the garden where connections with friends and family are made over food – a space for food to be grown and enjoyed from plot to plate.

  • It’s a garden with everything from productive vegetable patches to an outdoor kitchen and a spot for al fresco dining.
  • The gardener might not have a high-end outdoor kitchen but is someone who can make the most of their outdoor space to grow produce and entertain guests.
  • This gardener is focused on being productive and resourceful, whilst creating a sustainable space; think peat-free soil, protective nets, and composters.
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Best nature loving garden

This category is for the garden that encourages all forms of wildlife to thrive, from birds and butterflies to fish and frogs – a place where nature can flourish.

  • It’s a garden that protects biodiversity and one where wildlife can safely seek a haven.
  • A sanctuary for wildlife with elements such as hedgehog highways, bee hotels and nectar-rich flowers running wild.
  • Sustainable practices as well as creativity are considered by the gardener, to make it not only a functional, but a wonderful home for nature.
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Best versatile garden

This category spotlights the garden where space is maximised, so that memories of every kind can be made. It’s a garden where a diverse range of activities can be enjoyed.

  • It could include an exercise area that can be transformed into a space for kids, a bar that folds down from the shed to create a pub, or a reading nook to unwind in.
  • This gardener and their friends and family want to spend time enjoying the garden instead of always heading out.
  • This gardener doesn’t necessarily have a huge garden but has a clever and creative multi-use space whilst keeping sustainable practices in mind.
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Best showstopping garden

This category celebrates the gardener who likes to stand out from the crowd, whether it’s a meticulous garden design, or a space that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

  • From jaw-dropping topiary to spectacular water features and colour-coordinated plants to themed décor, a showstopping garden is a magical work of art.
  • The garden showcases wild imagination with a range of plants, colours, and textures, as well as creating a space that is sustainable.
  • This kind of garden shows how a little can go a long way, championing skill, craft, creativity, and time investment.
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B&Q Community Garden of the Year

B&Q’s Community Garden of the Year competition is back! Following last year's success, which saw Tim Shelley, a community garden project leader from Hereford and his team of volunteers, landing the B&Q Community Garden of the Year, we’ve returned, with a new guest judge and a £2,500 B&Q gift card to help grow and maintain the project.

This year our panel of judges is looking to see how an outdoor space has been transformed for the better, resulting in a positive benefit of a community or group of people.

Our four judges want to see how your community garden project has positively impacted mental and physical wellbeing, and in particular:

  • How the community garden project has encouraged the inclusion of a range of people in the community for example, different age groups
  • How plants and growing them have been incorporated to allow for both sensory pleasure and enjoyment, but also the ability for people to get involved in growing
  • How the community garden has been a benefit to wildlife and biodiversity with consideration for sustainability in its construction and ongoing care
  • Evidence of the fun factor where the garden has allowed the people or group benefitting from the community garden or space to be creative and express themselves

The team behind the winning garden will receive a £2,500 B&Q gift card for the growth and maintenance of the project. Terms and conditions for the use of the gift card apply. The deadline for entries is 12pm on Friday 23 June 2023. The winner will be contacted by Tuesday 27 June 2023.

Meet the judges

We’ve enlisted the help of gardening enthusiast Fred Sirieix who will be leading the judging panel and offering his expert opinion and judging prowess. Joining Fred will be our returning judges; award winning garden designers Matt Childs and Humaira Ikram and B&Q Outdoor Category Director, Steve Guy. This mighty team will judge entries and crown the B&Q Gardener of the Year 2023, who will be awarded £10,000 and the prestigious ‘golden trowel’ award. Three runners up will also be selected to receive £1,000. So, what are you waiting for? Could you be next? No matter the size of your outdoor space or the money invested, it’s time to dig deep and show us your awe-inspiring gardens.

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    Fred Sirieix

    Fred Sirieix is widely recognised by British viewers for hosting Channel 4’s BAFTA award winning reality television series ‘First Dates’ and ‘First Dates Hotel’. Outside of being a TV personality, Fred loves gardening and spends lots of time tending to his own garden, finding it a therapeutic hobby.

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    Humaira Ikram

    Humaira Ikram has been working as a professional garden designer and Director of Studio Ikram for over 10 years. The studio create carefully crafted landscapes and gardens, which aim to be sustainable, beautiful, playful and liveable. She cares deeply about sustainability and her knowledge on the sector is vast.

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    Matt Childs

    Matt is an award-winning garden designer and has designed a diverse range of exciting landscapes both in the UK and internationally. Matt’s approach to garden design is to tailor gardens to each client and produce outdoor spaces which have a strong narrative, are a reflection of the people who use them and the surroundings in which they sit.

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    Steve Guy

    Steve has over 35 years’ experience in the gardening sector. He is incredibly passionate about horticulture and, in his role as Outdoor Category Director, ensures B&Q, the UK’s leading garden retailer, continues to deliver innovation and exceptional value to its customers.

See full terms and conditions here