Gardeners’ Garden 2018

At last we can reveal the winners of our garden competition sponsored by Cobra!

To find out more about the prizes our winners chose please visit


WINNER: Pamela Gray 

Prize: £1,000-worth Cobra Garden equipment

Location: Knaphill, Surrey

Garden size: 24x10m (80x35ft) and 10x8m (35x27ft)

Site: South facing

Soil: Bagshot sand (very well drained)

Overview: Small suburban garden with bright bedding displays to the front and mixed planting at the back, with immaculate veg garden, ‘jungly’ area and oval garden with arbour seats in sun and shade. Most of the plants have been grown from cuttings and seed. Features include ornamental pond, mature trees and shrubs, garden rooms, veg patch.

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2nd place: Sarah Rayner

Prize: £500-worth of Cobra Garden equipment

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Location: Mount Bures, Essex

Garden size: One acre

Site: Exposed ridge, south facing

Soil: Clay

Overview: Farmhouse with stunning views of rolling countryside. Garden flows between different planting areas using exciting divisions and paths. Decorative ornaments add personality and focal points.

Features include: Bug hotel, log piles, decorative ideas, topiary, container planting, garden rooms.

3rd place: Mary & Iain Hayter

Prize: £250-worth of Cobra Garden equipment

Location: Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Garden size: Third of an acre

Site: East facing

Soil: Neutral-acidic clay

Overview: Semi-rural garden divided into formal ornamental and working areas, with raised summerhouse and water feature/stream. Front garden has a formal reflecting pond and statue. Perennial beds form concentric pattern with grass paths.

Features include: Posts and obelisks used to create height; pond with waterfall and stream effect; four water features in total.