High Town in Bloom

Take part in High Town in Bloom 2020

Whether you’re tending a window box or a full-size garden, take part in this year’s High Town in Bloom competition and show off your skills. Brighten up your local community with plants and flowers, and get the fruits of your labour judged by a jury of local experts.

Now that we’re all staying pretty much in and near our homes, gardening can offer an enjoyable and purposeful activity that’s good for our physical and mental health. And, for once, we may have time to keep an eye on those temperamental window sill seedlings!

You’re welcome to enter if you live in High Town, and we can see your whole garden or display from your street

All you need is a window box (inside or outside), hanging baskets, a front garden or a bit of commercial green space. Your plants or garden must be visible from the street. This helps the jury to judge and makes sure that anyone passing by can enjoy your planting scheme, and hopefully get inspired.

How to enter
Complete the registration form on this page by 31 May 2020. You can enter in one of three categories:

  • residential garden
  • residential display, eg window box, planter, hanging baskets, pot plants
  • commercial display or garden

It’s free to take part in this year’s High Town in Bloom. There may be a cost for future competitions, but in the spirit of encouraging participation in these challenging times, we’ve decided to waive the entry fee this year.

Judging criteria

Your garden will be scored on criteria including:

  • creative use of space
  • colour and balance
  • health and quality of plants
  • sustainability and environmental benefits

We also encourage you to:

  • avoid the use of pesticides and weed killers because of the damaging effect they can have on wildlife
  • source peat-free compost if you can (here’s why)

Judging day
We will shortlist up to ten entries for the judges to visit. Judging will take place in June, date to be confirmed. We’ll contact you closer to the time to tell you if you’ve been shortlisted. Depending on the travel restrictions at the time, we may find alternative ways to judge. Each category will have a winner and a runner-up. The judges’ decision is final.

Want to speak to us about entering High Town in Bloom?
The event is run by local community groups Friends of High Town and Edible High Town. Our projects encourage good neighbourliness and foster pride in our local area. If you have any questions about High Town in Bloom 2020, contact us at ediblehightown@gmail.com