We are pleased to announce our annual Awards for attractive Front Gardens in Wimbledon Park. A team of local residents looked at the eligible* gardens visible from the street to nominate their favourites. From these, a panel of four judges arrived at the following decisions.
Overall winner of the John Uden Cup and
Best All-Year Interest Garden:
7 Dora Road
Well-constructed terraces on this steep, south-facing site contained a generous tapestry of mixed planting, with persicaria providing the dominant impact. Shrubs and perennials included pyracantha, berberis, choisya, hebe, hypericum, convolvulus cneorum, lavender, Corsican hellebore, and bergenia. Additional summer interest was provided by salvias, alchemilla mollis, heuchera, sisyrinchium, carnations, campanula and clematis.
Best Summer Interest Garden:
22 Strathmore Road.
The initial impact of this tiny garden was provided by a column of red-violet clematis, to the left of the front entrance, flanked by a large fuschia with blooms of blue and crimson. Pots of pelargoniums and petunias filled the window sill, whilst containers with hydrangeas, begonias and petunias were arranged at ground level. The balcony at first-floor level had two large containers with dahlias, as well as pots of begonias hanging from the railing. Further examination revealed a decorative selection of house plants within the porch.
Best Environmentally Sustainable Garden:
42 Durnsford Avenue
The dense planting of this small west-facing front garden provided a haven for insects and invertebrates, and created an attractive green barrier between the road and house. Verbena bonariensis, grasses and allium seedheads vied with small shrubs and perennials to give a ‘floaty’ layered effect. The showy white blooms of a philadelphus shrub filled the front left-hand corner of the bed. Other planting included agapanthus, euphorbia, scabious, sedum, day lilies, eryngium, iris, alchemilla mollis, valerian and sage. The small strip between the path and right-hand boundary fence was home to ferns and a small trained apple tree, bearing fruit.
Three gardens were highly commended:
School House, Havana Road, for a tranquil, predominantly white garden full of pollinators in a variety of containers. These included digitalis, lobelia, cosmos, daisies, pansies, arums and hydrangea. A generous lawn offset a terrace of neat planters in the opposite corner, together with hanging baskets and pots against the house walls.
16 Dawlish Avenue, for an ‘edible’ garden in raised planters constructed from recycled timber. The crops included sage and other herbs, cabbage, beet, chard, sweet corn, and raspberries. Floral interest was provided by lavender, roses and a hydrangea.
154 Arthur Road, for a colourful display of bedding plants in a generous planter in front of the shop window.
Presentation of the Awards will take place at the WPRA AGM on Thursday 20th October.
Pictures of the winning and short-listed gardens will be on display.
We would welcome more people to get involved with the judging, so if you are interested and are willing to spare a few hours of your time next summer, please get in touch.
Contact Jill Farmer
Tel: 020 8947 6572; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The gardens of WPRA Committee Members, Ward Councillors, and those involved in the garden judging were not eligible for the Awards.