Bloomin’ great garden sees Fareham pair pick up vouchers

Clare James, director with winners Nick Pattenden and Meriel Sprake from Fareham
Clare James, director with winners Nick Pattenden and Meriel Sprake from Fareham
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  • Nick and Meriel have picked up their prize for winning The News Bloomin’ Marvellous contest
  • The pair, from Fareham, wowed judge Brian Kidd with their beautiful garden
  • They went to Garsons, in Titchfield, to pick up their £100 voucher
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WITH a manicured, winding lawn and colourful displays of geraniums and dahlias, Nick Pattenden and Meriel Sprake’s garden was deservedly picked as winner in our popular annual Bloomin’ Marvellous gardening competition.

Now the couple have been presented with their prize of £100 in vouchers to spend at Garsons garden centre.

The vouchers will come in handy because we want to give the garden a new look.

Nick Pattenden

The pair’s attention to detail and range of flowers wowed News gardening writer and judge Brian Kidd in August when he visited the top 10 finalists.

Their hard work paid off as they can now shop for some new garden items at the centre in Titchfield.

Nick said: ‘We never expected to win. It was lovely.

‘We’re changing the garden around a bit so it looks different from a couple months ago.

‘The vouchers will come in handy because we want to give the garden a new look.’

He added: ‘We want to create a dry bed so we’ve taken out some of the flowers and we’re looking at new plants for that.

‘We also want to create a spring bed so we need lots of bulbs.’

Nick and Meriel grow all their flowers from seed and their garden is full of begonias, geraniums, dahlias and fuchsias.

As well as flowers, they like to grow vegetables and fruit, including cucumbers and melons.

Nick, from Alexander Grove, in Fareham, added: ‘I’m glad we entered the competition even though we never thought we would win.

‘We just enjoy tending the garden so it isn’t a chore – it’s something we love doing.’

Garsons, which sells a range of garden items from furniture to flowers, also provided £50 and £25 vouchers to second-place Peter and Shirley Nicklen, from Havant, and third-place Ron Martindale, from Waterlooville.

Director Clare James said: ‘We really enjoy sponsoring The News’ Bloomin’ Marvellous competition.

‘The hours people put into their gardens is fantastic, so it’s great to support it.

‘It’s nice to see the finished results of the gardens and we try to plant ideas at the centre to inspire customers.

‘It’s wonderful to see the end products of all the effort people are putting in.’