It seems like the gardening season is one long whirlwind of garden shows. With the Malvern spring show, Chelsea and the new Chatsworth out of the way, garden designers and their teams are ramping up for Hampton Court. Their show gardens may offer up the best and brightest in garden design, but they are just for show – most are swiftly dismantled. It takes a different skillset to design and maintain a garden over the long term, which is why Wilko’s – a family-owned business that offers a range of gardening and outdoor living products – is running the 2017 ‘Wilko Amateur Gardener Of The Year’ competition.

There are six categories you can enter, whether your garden is a tiny patio or a big allotment:

  • Best Allotment
  • Best Garden Design
  • Best Hanging Basket/Container
  • Best Junior Gardener (for under 18s)
  • Best Wildlife Garden
  • Best Upcycled Garden

Hanging Baskets

An experienced garden judging panel (including Dominic Cole, President of The Gardens Trust and award-winning garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin) will shortlist the six category winners, who will then face a public vote on the Wilko social media channels to pick the overall winner – the UK’s best amateur gardener.

Each category winner will receive a £100 Wilko gift card and trophy, and the Wilko Amateur Gardener Of The Year 2017 will receive an additional £250 Wilko gift card.

recycled garden water feature

To enter, just email an image of your garden to and include your name, email address, telephone number and the category you are entering. Full competition details and terms and conditions can be found at The closing date for entries is 30th September 2017, and the six shortlisted finalists will be informed by 30th October 2017.