Walton In Bloom
This year’s competition was judged on Friday 3rd August and as usual front gardens visible from the road in Walton were looked at, scrutinised, and awards made in four categories by the judges. It was noted that as ever many people had put in a great deal of effort into their gardens and that in spite of the recent weather, beautiful displays had been produced.
Category One: The Fred & Eileen Smith Award for Best Overall Garden
This went to 26 Hempitts Road for their colourful and interesting display; this garden has previously featured well in the competition and this year really deserved its first place.
The Runner up award goes to a newcomer to this competition at 14 Badgers Green for a tidy and colourful traditional garden, while bright colours and immaculate planting gained both numbers 139 & 98 Main Street honourable mentions.
Category Two Best Hanging Baskets
Hanging baskets have not been the easiest display to produce and maintain this year; however some eye catching baskets were spotted around the village and illustrate what can be achieved even in a relatively small space. The winners shield went to another newcomer to the competition at 4 Chancellor Close with the runner up being 57 Main Street for another flourishing display.
Category Three Best Containers This gorgeous & immaculate gold and green display at 32 Hempitts Road was in a complete class of its own this year and no further awards were made in this category
Category Four Most Unusual Garden
The top slot of this category once more went over to 1 Blackthorn Close for the precise geometrical topiary and espalier trained trees, as ever beautifully maintained, and definitely unusual. The runner up was number 4 Badgers Green with its unusual, but this time very natural, tree, again a garden that has previously received an award.
Finally Thank you to everyone who has been mentioned but also a BIG thank you to those gardens who were not winners this year because you all contribute to making Walton a nicer place to live.
Winners’ shields will now be engraved and certificates printed, all to be distributed soon.
H. Moore~ Walton Parish Clerk