Top gardeners celebrate success
Ian Sloan, from Prestwick has the greenest fingers in South Ayrshire! Ian is the overall winner of South Ayrshire Council's first ever Best Kept Garden competition run in partnership with Dobbies. And where better to make the announcement than at the prestigious Ayr Flower Show held in Rozelle estate in Ayr.
Ian was a worthy winner, as his garden is immaculate, with manicured lawns, colourful and very neat borders, stunning hanging baskets and obvious attention to detail.
A delighted Ian was presented with a Dobbies silver salver award and a £100 Dobbies gift card and a certificate by Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for the Council.
Speaking after his presentation Ian said: "I am so pleased to have been selected as the overall winner of the South Ayrshire best kept garden competition. All the hard work of growing the plants and then planting the garden is what I love doing. The award is the result for all my hard work."
Councillor McDowall said: "Earlier this year all green fingered residents in South Ayrshire were invited to enter the Council's first Best Kept Garden competition and I would like to thank all those that entered. I know the judges were impressed with the inspiring landscapes, unusual planting and beautiful blooms and I would like to congratulate Mr Sloan, he obviously puts a lot of time and effort into his garden.
"It is great to know that so many people across South Ayrshire spend time lovingly tending their gardens and for people that don't have access to a garden, the Council has invested £100,000 in allotments with 280 plots making gardening more accessible."
All the zone winners were invited to Ayr Flower Show where the overall winner and winners of other prizes were announced.
Best Kept Garden Competition 2015 runner-up Cheryll Cameron was presented with a £60 Dobbies gift card and a certificate.
Best Kept Garden Competition 2015 3rd place went to William Miller who was presented with a £40 Dobbies gift card and a certificate.
Jan Goudie received a certificate for her Highly Commended Wildlife Friendly Garden.
Zone winners, who each received a trophy and a certificate were:
Cheryll Cameron - Zone 1 - Troon and Barassie (Loans, Dundonald, Symington)
Ian Sloan - Zone 2 - Prestwick and Monkton (Mossblown, Tarbolton, Failford)
Gordon McMillan - Zone 3 - Ayr North (St. Quivox, Annbank)
Laurence Marcantonio - Zone 4 - Ayr South (Coylton, Fisherton, Dunure, Minishant)
William Miller - Zone 5 - Maybole (Kirkmichael, Maidens, Kirkoswald, Crosshill, Turnberry, Straiton, Dailly, Old Dailly)
Zone 6 - Girvan (including Barr, Pinmore, Lendalfoot, Pinwherry, Colmonell, Ballantrae, and Barrhill) no entries submitted for this zone.
Craig Johnstone , Horticulture Manager at Dobbies said: "The colour palette and breadth of planting was impressive in Mr Sloan's garden. There was also a selection of hardy plants interwoven amongst the herbaceous borders to provide all year interest."
All of the gardens entered into the competition were judged on their overall design; general cleanliness and neatness, cultivation, variety of planting, care for the environment and recycling and sustainability.
Councillor McDowall concluded: "These gardeners should be very proud of the gardens they have created, I am sure that they will inspire many others to get out and be creative in their own gardens."
The Best Kept Garden competition will run again next year, so get your entries in from May 2016.