There were winning smiles all round as Ferndown residents gathered at Haskins Garden Centre in Longham for the Ferndown In Bloom presentations sponsored by Haskins.
Prizewinners joined together on 6 October to receive Haskins vouchers, plants and certificates to celebrate their prowess in the gardening world.
Barrie Smith from Mayfield Close scooped the shield for best front garden notching up his third win in the competition.
There was a big response in the field of photography with Malcolm Ovens winning first prize, 2nd Barrie Smith and 3rd Linda Murgatroyd.
In the business category, sponsored by mags4dorset, the winner for the third year running with its beautiful garden along Church Road, Ferndown was the Royal British Legion who will receive a half page advert/editorial in 4Dorset worth £350.
Editor of 4Dorset, Janine Pulford, handed out the prizes apart from the school award, which was won by Ferndown First School. Pupils Harry and Tyler (both aged 6), with assistance from Mrs Maylin, gave a short presentation about how their garden entry, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, evolved. They brought the story to life with pictures and words explaining they were very proud of the finished work. In 2nd place was St Mary’s First School in West Moors and 3rd West Parley.
With several additional certificates awarded this year, and a special award for Mr Ron Pearce for all his hard work and help, it is hoped that Ferndown In Bloom will continue to flourish and inspire residents to take pride in their gardens and enter them next year.
Jean Read encouraged those present to think about joining the committee. After several years at the helm, she will be standing down as chairman. Committee member Lyn Ovens is also standing down. The Annual General Meeting is in February and new members are currently being sought to take the well-established Ferndown In Bloom competition forward. For more details call Jean Read on 01202 875926.
Best front garden: 2nd Mr and Mrs Dunkley, Uplands Road, 3rd Mrs V Briggs, Dorset Avenue. Runners up Mr Kennedy, Elfin Drive, Mrs L Voicey, Casterbridge Road and Mr K Bates, Locksley Drive.
Best small garden, patio or balcony: 1st Mrs V Briggs, Dorset Avenue, 2nd Mr and Mrs Kennedy, Elfin Drive and 3rd Mrs Marshall, Pinewood Gardens.
Best first time entry: 1st Mr and Mrs Dunkley, 2nd Linda Voisey, Casterbridge Road, Mr and Mrs Johnson, Southern Avenue
Senior gardener award (90 plus) went to Miss Bennett and Mrs Marshall.
Tallest sunflower: Mrs V Briggs (15′ 3”).
Best business, retail, commercial or public house: 2nd AE Jolliffe and Son, Victoria Road. Highly commended Trevor Phillips, Wimborne Road East; Merchant of Venice, Ringwood Road; Amberwood, Ringwood Road.