Budding gardeners can learn how to be the blooming best

A pet cat lazes in the garden of Linda Major and Chris Coombs who won a gold award last year for their green space
A pet cat lazes in the garden of Linda Major and Chris Coombs who won a gold award last year for their green space

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SPRING is well under way and it is that time of year to spruce up your garden to make it look great.

To help people design their garden spaces and understand what kind of plants will prosper together, Southsea Greenhouse is holding a series of free workshops.

Founder of Southsea Greenhouse Sue Stokes said: ‘You don’t have to be an expert gardener, you just have to enjoy growing things.’

In the workshops aspiring entrants can learn how to design gardens for beginners, grow fruit and veg and much more.

‘I would encourage anyone to enter Portsmouth In Bloom whether they have been to the workshops or not if they are proud of something,’ added Ms Stokes.

The full list of categories is:

* Front garden;

* Hanging basket or wall container;

* Balcony;

* Sustainable garden;

* Public premises;

* Community gardens;

* Business gardens;

* Gardens in sheltered housing or apartments;

* Eat my street;

* Allotment;

* School decorated with flowers

(nursery/infants/juniors) (secondary/further/higher education);

* Eat my school (nursery/infants/juniors) (secondary/further/higher education);

* School environmental project (nursery/infants/juniors)

(secondary/further/higher education);

The competition closes for schools on June 1 and for the other categories June 15. The awards ceremony takes place at the Portsmouth Guildhall on September 16.

To find out more visit portsmouthinbloom.org.uk