DAB-HANDED gardeners have scooped cash prizes after their success in a competition run by The News.
The trio topped the entries to earn the coveted first, second and third-place spots as the Bloomin’ Marvellous contest returned for 2018.
Collecting awards for their efforts – vouchers donated by the Garsons garden centre in Titchfield – they met for the first time.
Crowned the overall victor was Ray Hunt, from Waterlooville, for his quirky, well-kept back garden boasting palm trees, innovative planting and a chocolate cosmos – a cocoa-scented Mexican dahlia.
His win earned him a £100 voucher, Bloomin’ Marvellous’ biggest sum on offer.
Following were runners-up responsible for a stunning effort at Langdale Nursing Home, in Gosport.
The site takes pride in getting its patients involved in gardening as a mode of therapy.
Employee Bethney Kelly collected its £50 prize.
Finally, Geoff Craig, from Copnor, finished third to earn a £25 voucher.
Garsons judges Callum Hartley and Peter Green were impressed by the pristine, floral display hanging over his patio.
But of all entries – including those which didn’t make the final three winners – the pair said: ‘Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition.
‘It’s clear you’ve all put a lot of effort into your gardens, but some were just more impressive than others.’
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