Garden competition winners are blooming marvellous
East Ayrshire Council’s annual garden competition recognises the top amateur gardeners from across East Ayrshire.
A special award ceremony, sponsored by Tivoli Group Ltd and Gemmells Garden Centre, was held recently at the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock and was attended by Provost Jim Todd, Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council; Councillor Jim McMahon, Spokesperson for Housing, Transport and Communities, and Councillor Maureen McKay.
And the trophy for best private garden in East Ayrshire was presented to Mr Hogg of Oakbank Drive, Cumnock, while the trophy for best council garden was presented to Miss Muir of Lanfine Quadrant, Darvel.
Both gardeners were recognised for their spectacular colours, clever planting and creative garden design.
The task of judging the overall winners for Council and private gardens rested with the Executive Committee of the East Ayrshire Federation, while the three areas – Cumnock and Doon Valley, Kilmarnock Central and North, and Kilmarnock South and Irvine Valley– were judged by specialists from the Council’s Greener Communities and Housing Services, along with Federation representatives.
The Federation was represented at the awards by Chair Davey Leggat and Executive Committee member Dolores Leggat.
Councillor Jim McMahon said: "It was fantastic to meet all our finalists and chat with them about their passion for gardening. Working in the garden can be so rewarding and can help our overall wellbeing, but the hard work of these wonderful people also has a huge impact on their communities bringing colour and improving biodiversity. While I’ve been out walking within my own Ward, I have really enjoyed seeing the finalists’ gardens and I know I am not the only one.
"I was also very touched to hear that one of our finalists from Stewarton has cut his lawn into the shape of a guitar as a tribute to his beloved brother, who was a guitarist. It shows that a garden can mean so many things to so many different people and can be a place of reflection and solace.
"A huge well done to everyone involved, particularly our judges, who had an unenviable task; to Greener Communities and Housing Services for their hard work organising the competition and to all our gardeners, who have my thanks and appreciation."
EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL GARDEN COMPETITION 2023
BEST COUNCIL GARDEN, KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & NORTH
Mr and Mrs McMullan, Crusader Crescent, Stewarton
Ms Burnett, Springhill Gardens, Kilmarnock
Mr and Mrs Murray, Creelshaugh Road, Fenwick
BEST PRIVATE GARDEN, KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & NORTH
Mr Conning, Corsehillbank, Stewarton
Mr and Mrs Nisbet, Hazel Avenue, Kilmarnock
BEST COUNCIL GARDEN KILMARNOCK SOUTH & IRVINE VALLEY
Miss Muir, Lanfine Quadrant, Darvel
Mr Muir, Lomond Avenue, Hurlford
BEST PRIVATE GARDEN KILMARNOCK SOUTH & IRVINE VALLEY
Mr Welsh, Lisden, Foulpapple, Newmilns
Mr Kyle, Clearmount Avenue, Newmilns
BEST COUNCIL GARDEN CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY
Mr Robertson, Hamilton Drive, New Cumnock
Mr Campbell, Watson Terrace, Drongan
BEST PRIVATE GARDEN CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY
Mr Hogg, Oakbank Drive, Cumnock
Ms Willison, Holm, Cumnock
JENNIFER ELLIOT MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST ROSE GARDEN
Presented by her daughter Sharon Tomlinson
Mr Mitchell, Brewlands Street, Galston
Mr & Mrs Gordon, Creelshaugh Road, Fenwick
BEST VEGETABLE GARDEN
Mr Stewart, Onthank Drive, Kilmarnock
Mr & Mrs Lindsay, Carnshalloch Avenue, Patna
BEST HANGING BASKETS & PLANTERS
Mr Lang, Holmlea Place, Kilmarnock
Mrs Orr, Commonhead Road, Kilmarnock
ENIVRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AWARD
Mr Muir, Afton Road, New Cumnock
Mrs McGhee, Cutstraw Road, Stewaton
Mr Beaney, Oakbank Drive, Cumnock
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ms Tryon, Garden Street, Dalrymple
CLEANER GREENER MOST VIBRANT VILLAGE
Catrine village square
CLEANER GREENER MOST VIBRANT STREET
Shaw Road, Kilmaurs
Afton Court, New Cumnock