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Sutton in Bloom annual competition


Sutton in Bloom 2019

We’re on the hunt for the green-fingered enthusiasts who help brighten up our borough.

If you have a beautifully planted, bright and cheerful front garden, community garden, business frontage, container garden, allotment garden or school garden, then show off your floral display and enter Sutton in Bloom by Saturday 15 June 2019. The winners will be invited to an awards ceremony this July and the best entries may also be invited to represent Sutton at the prestigious London in Bloom competition.

This year, we’ve added a new category: Best Container Garden. To be eligible for this category, the container garden must be visible from the street / ground as home visits will not be arranged for judging this category, plants must be real, not plastic.

Best Front Garden

We are looking for the best private residential front garden in Sutton. The judges will be looking for an attractive garden layout with a colourful display featuring any combination of hard landscaping, good quality bedding, herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees and lawns. Entries in this category must be visible to the passer-by and can include gardens with plants in pots and hanging baskets.

Best Community Garden

Awarded to either a group of gardens, frontages of buildings or area of ground where the displays have been created specifically for the shared benefit and enjoyment of others. This may include a street, square, close, cul-de-sac, community project, or the gardens of a care home, community centre of place of worship. The judges will be looking for displays which are well designed, provide an array of colour and encourage wildlife. Only one nomination per street, group of gardens or project.

Best Business Frontage

An opportunity for the owners of pubs, hotels, leisure facilities and business premises that take a pride in their buildings to be recognised for bringing a splash of colour to the neighbourhood with hanging baskets and eye-catching planting schemes.

Best Allotment Garden

There are numerous allotment plots throughout the borough and many are packed with tasty vegetables and colour from an array of stunning, sweet smelling blooms. This category aims to celebrate and reward those hardworking gardeners who achieve excellent crops and beautiful plots.

Best School Garden

This popular award as part of Sutton in Bloom aims to encourage and reward the efforts of youngsters involved in planting and maintaining a specific school garden or planting area as part of their curriculum or a gardening club. The judges will be looking for good design, use of plants and shrubs, the role of the garden as part of school life and its impact on the environment.

Best Container Garden (new category for 2019) 

Celebrating our more urban or multi storey gardens, this category covers Plant Pots and Container gardens. The garden must be visible from the street or ground as we won’t be doing home visits for this new category.

Please note: each entry may only be entered into ONE category.

Enter Sutton in Bloom online via the Google form or download and print an entry form and return:

Ian Wolstencroft,
London Borough of Sutton,
Environment, Housing & Regeneration Neighbourhood Services,
24 Denmark Road,
Carshalton, SM5 2JG

Closing date for entries Saturday 15 June 2019.


The best entries are invited to represent Sutton at the prestigious London in Bloom competition.

Find out what the judges are looking for view the judges marking form.