GUESTS at a Portsmouth in Bloom awards night had one thing to say about the ceremony: blooming marvellous!
More than 100 people flocked to the Pyramids Centre in Southsea for the event, backed by The News, which celebrates gardening in the city.
The Southsea Greenhouse community garden organised the event for the first time after successfully taking the reigns from Portsmouth City Council.
Greenhouse member Berenice Adams said the response to the competition had been ‘overwhelming’, especially from the schools which took part.
She said: ‘They’ve really put their hearts and souls into it.
‘We’ve had such a wonderful summer and gardeners couldn’t have wished for better weather.’
Ms Adams said hundreds of entries had been received across 15 categories.
Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie was there to present awards in a School Decorated with Flowers category, with the first prize going to Solent Infant School.
He said: ‘It’s great to have so many people in the city growing their own fruit and vegetables as well as flowers.’
Members of the Solent Infant School’s gardening club, including six-year-old Ethan Kelly, were there to collect the award.
Ethan said he was thrilled the school had won. He said: ‘We checked the garden every day and did the watering and weeds.’
Linda Major and Chris Coombs, both 45, won first prize in the Mews and Courtyards category for their stunning back garden in Southsea.
Ms Major said: ‘We’re really chuffed. We won second place year so we were determined to win gold this year.
‘The garden has lots of hanging baskets and has a nautical theme.’
The News’ editor Mark Waldron said he was delighted to see so many children as well as older gardeners had taken part in Portsmouth in Bloom.
He said: ‘It’s a fantastic event that brings a splash of colour to the city.
‘I commend the efforts of the winners and every green-thumbed gardener out there who entered the competition.’
The awards also included 10 water sustainability prizes, given for good use of water-saving techniques.
Winners included Penelope Brown and partner Karl Patschinsky, the White Horse Pub and Lakeside North Harbour management.
The roll of honour
Gold: Ron and Yvonne Light, Silver Gilt: Gareth Jones, Silver: Kenneth Stokes, Bronze: Lyn Payne
Gold: Dorothy Clayton, Silver Gilt: John and Brenda Hadley, Silver: Margaret Kennedy, Bronze: Shirley Donahue and Margaret Flint
Mews and Courtyards
Gold: Linda Major and Chris Coombs, Silver Gilt: Sue Lloyd, Silver: Jacquie Woodfield, Bronze: The Wellington
Gold: Anne Pearson, Silver Gilt: Patricia Rowlands, Silver: Martin Ryan, Bronze: John and Theresa Arbuckle
Gold: Penelope Brown and partner Karl Patschinsky, Silver Gilt: Adrian Mundy, Silver: Shirley Kimber, Bronze: Gillian Campbell
Hanging Basket or Wall Container
Gold: Richard Craddock, Silver Gilt: The Chambers, Silver: Ruthen and Ewens, Bronze: Lynne Wells
Public or Community Premises
Gold: Julie Allan, Silver Gilt: Kathee Pitt, Silver: Pure Ground Coffe, Bronze: Liz Higgins
Gold: The Barley Mow, Silver Gilt: Shaw Trust Horticulture, Silver: The Wellington, Bronze: Pure Ground Coffee Cafe
Gardens in Sheltered Housing or Apartments
Gold: David Winston Horler, Silver Gilt: Vera Brown, Silver: Marion Lock, Bronze: Len Morris
Eat My Street
Gold: Liz Jones, St Ronan’s Avenue, Silver Gilt: Clare Seek, Wimbledon Park Road, Silver: Mr and Mrs Baker, Homeheights, Clarence Parade, Bronze: Diana Sant Angelo
School Decorated With Flowers
Gold: Solent Infant School, Silver Gilt: College Park Infant School, Silver: Langstone Infant School, Bronze: Flying Bull Academy
School Environmental Project
Gold: Langstone Junior School, Silver Gilt: Flying Bull Academy, Silver: Admiral Lord Nelson School, Bronze: St Edmund’s Catholic School
School Garden Cultivated by Children
Gold: Harbour School, Silver Gilt: Moorings Way Infant School, Silver: Langstone Junior School, Bronze: Portsmouth High School
Eat My School
Gold: Court Lane Junior School, Silver Gilt: Leap Frog Nursery, Silver: Wimborne Junior School, Bronze: Mayville High School
Gold: Dorothy Seymour, Silver Gilt: Mo and Kelly Ottesen, Silver: Mike Sims, Bronze: Joyce Betteridge