Vote for Michael to win Garden of the Year!

Fri 23 Oct 2020

A member of the Derby Parks team who transformed his garden at home is up for BBC Gardeners’ World magazine’s Garden of the Year, and your vote could help him win!

Community Parks Officer Michael McNaught and his wife Margaret have already been awarded Highly Commended by a judging panel of experts, making them runners-up, and now it’s over to the public vote to decide the overall winner.

When they started work on their garden in February 2019 it was a bare patch of ground, but it is now an urban haven, inspired by visits to classically designed stately home gardens. Incorporating ideas from grand gardens they’ve visited and plants they loved, their tiny urban patch has quickly become a beacon for wildlife and a relaxing space to enjoy year-round, including a patio, paths and edging using bricks saved by Michael.

The judges were Diarmuid Gavin, Kate Gould, and Alan Titchmarsh, who commented: “It’s enchanting. They’ve taken a traditional layout and executed it really well. The plants are clearly well grown and healthy.”

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The McNaughts' garden before the makeover

The 2020 BBC Gardeners’ World magazine Gardens of the Year Award received over 1,000 entries, from gardens of all shapes and sizes, with BBC Gardeners’ World magazine’s horticultural experts whittling the long-list to eight finalists for the expert judges to decide the winning plot and the highly commended runner-up. The two gardens, along with the six other finalists are now open to the public vote to win the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine People’s Choice award.

BBC Gardeners’ World magazine’s editor, Lucy Hall, says:

“While 2020 has been memorable for all the wrong reasons, it has also been a time of positive firsts for many of us. Forced by circumstances to break out of our routines, as a nation we’ve tuned-in to nature, smelt the roses and got growing. When launching our 2020 Gardens of the Year competition at the height of lockdown, we had no idea what we’d discover, and yet we received the highest amount of entries we’ve ever had, rich with stories of imagination, transformation and passion. Our winning gardeners have made their first garden with such energy, emotion and community spirit, telling us all we need to know about gardening in 2020 and is a positive message for us all whatever the coming months hold.”

Pictures of all eight finalist’s gardens, behind-the-scenes footage of the judging process and details on how to vote can we seen on Voting closes at midday on 27 October, with the winner announced in the December issue of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine.

All the gardens are featured in the November issue of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, on sale from 22 November.

'After' photos of Michael's garden courtesy of BBC Gardeners' World magazine / Neil Hepworth.

The McNaughts' garden now

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