Calling all proud gardeners

Bodnant Garden invites the people of Wales to share their outdoor spaces in 2015

The Upper Garden

Bodnant Garden is part of the local national heritage…and now your garden could be too with the launch of a new National Trust Wales competition.

#NTWalesGardenProud aims to capture and celebrate the way people in Wales use their gardens and outdoor spaces. The social media competition will encourage proud Welsh garden owners to submit photos to win a day of special care and attention for their garden from National Trust experts.

From sprawling country gardens that epitomise the rural idyll, to innovative urban spaces that make the best use out of every available inch, we want to find out how the people of Wales use their green spaces, be they humble or grand.

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One of the judges, our very own head gardener John Rippin

As part of the #NTWalesGardenProud competition, National Trust Wales has enlisted a panel of judges, who will review the entries received and decide on a final winner. The judges on board include our very own head gardener John Rippin; Terry Walton, BBC Radio gardening personality; Chris Flynn, Head Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens, the magnificent Edwardian designed garden in the Vale of Glamorgan; and Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

Entrants are being asked to submit their garden photos via social media by posting to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NTWalesGardenProud. At the end of the competition the entries will be added to an online digital archive and published for everyone to enjoy.

Speaking about the launch of the #NTWalesGardenProud competition, Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales and one of the judges, commented: “We are proud to be the guardians of such great gardens in Wales as Bodnant and Dyffryn.  And we look after a huge number of outdoor spaces across the nation, including more than 150 miles of Welsh coastline and large swathes of countryside, woodland, rivers and lakes.

Azaleas and rhododendrons near the Shrub Borders at Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales

Bodnant Garden’s famous spring display of rhododendrons

“So, we thought it would be great to find out how Welsh gardeners use and look after their own personal outdoor spaces. It would be wonderful to build up a national picture about what these spaces look like today, and it can be a historical record that future generations can appreciate.  This is a competition that will celebrate the wonderful gardens we have in Wales.”

So whether you are the proud owner of a chic courtyard space, urban rooftop, contained balconette, functioning kitchen garden, woodland wilderness or Zen water garden, National Trust Wales wants to see pictures of your local outdoor spaces.

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One of Bodnant Garden’s wildflower meadows

How to enter

Submit your garden photos via social media by posting to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NTWalesGardenProud.

Alternatively email your entries to gardenproud@workingword.co.uk

Terms and conditions apply. Simply hashtagging #NTWalesGardenProud does not constitute entry. Maximum ten entries per garden. Entries close at midnight on Friday May 8th 2015.

The prize

One lucky winner will have the chance for their garden to receive the full National Trust treatment for one weekend, and much more.

  • A National Trust plaque declaring the garden as the winner of the #NTWalesGardenProud competition
  • A winner’s garden cream tea for the winner and their family and friends
  • Invitation designed for the occasion
  • Branded National Trust deckchairs
  • Annual National Trust visitor pass (for 12 months)
  • An exclusive half day consultation with a National Trust Wales gardener
  • An exclusive photo feature of the winning garden will appear in the Western Mail Weekend Homes supplement
The Lily Terrace

The famous terraces at Bodnant Garden

 

 

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Well done to our winning photographers

At last we can reveal the winning entry in our photo competition – which graces the front of our new, and first, Bodnant Garden calendar.

WINNER Matt Morrow, Wrexham

This lovely image over the Terraces was taken by Matt Morrow of Wrexham; the runner up was Rolf Kraehenbuehl, of Y Felinheli. They and a further 19 highly commended entries have now been included in our 2015 calendar, which goes on sale this weekend.

We launched our I Love Bodnant Garden competition back in January. Visitors are always sending us great photographs of their time here so we thought a competition would give people chance to show us in pictures what it is they love about this beautiful place, whether in pictures of people, landscapes or close-ups of flowers.

RUNNER UP Rolf Kraehenbuehl, Y Felinheli

Runner-up Rolf Kraehenbuehl – and our heliochronometer on the Top Rose Terrace

Hundreds of visitors sent in an amazing selection of pictures – some funny and quirky, some very artistic – and it was hard to judge between them, but we think the images we’ve chosen reflect the love people have for Bodnant Garden.

The winner will receive £100 in vouchers for Cambrian Photography Shop in Colwyn Bay. The winner and runner-up will get a with workshop Pierino Algieri, a landscape and nature photographer born and raised in Conwy Valley, well known for his images of Snowdonia. They will also have their photographs displayed in the entrance to the garden and together with highly commended entries they make up our calendar 2015.

The calendar goes on sale at the garden during December and costs £6.99. Dare we say it would make a perfect Christmas present?

A massive thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the competition and share their favourite images of the garden. And so without further ado, here they are…

Sylvia Morrow, Wrexham

Sylvia Morrow, Wrexham

Sylvia Kendall, Conwy

Sylvia Kendall, Conwy

Sylvia Kendall, Conwy (3)

Sylvia Kendall, Conwy

Sylvia Kendall, Conwy (2)

Sylvia Kendall, Conwy

Rosemary Williams, St Asaph

Rosemary Williams, St Asaph

Paul Sloane, Chesterfield

Paul Sloane, Chesterfield

Paul Saunders, Benllech

Paul Saunders, Benllech

Matt Morrow, Wrexham

Matt Morrow, Wrexham

Paul Saunders, Benllech

Paul Saunders, Benllech

Matt Morrow, Wrexham

Matt Morrow, Wrexham

Martin Dunhill, Tamworth

Martin Dunhill, Tamworth

Paula Bell, Mold

Linda Bell, Mold

John Quinn, Chester

John Quinn, Chester

Jeremy Leffler, Southport

Jeremy Leffler, Southport

Edwina Bullock, Betws-y-Coed

Edwina Bullock, Betws-y-Coed

David Ackers, Birkenhead

David Ackers, Birkenhead

Brian Parry, Chorley

Brian Parry, Chorley

John C Maloney, Merseyside

John C Maloney, Merseyside

Anne Murray, Penrhyndeudraeth

Anne Murray, Penrhyndeudraeth

For more details about Bodnant Garden call 01492 650460, check out our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BodnantGardenNT

We love Bodnant Garden – and your pictures!

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Laburnum fever! Image shared to our Facebook page by Jules Girling

  They say a picture paints a thousand words…and people clearly love Bodnant Garden, because we’ve got the stunning photographs to prove it. The amazing range and quality of shots shared by people to our Facebook and Twitter sites in 2013 is truly inspiring; photographs of vistas, plants, wildlife and smiling faces convey the joy which the garden evokes. So we’ve decided to celebrate our world famous beauty spot – and all your creative talent – with a 2014 photography competition, entitled I Love Bodnant Garden.

  The competition will run from January to October and at the end of it winners will see their work made into an official 2015 Bodnant Garden calendar, have their pictures displayed at the garden and also get to hone their skills working with a renowned North Wales photographer.

    Katie Croft, engagement officer at Bodnant Garden, says: “Bodnant Garden has got to be one of the most photogenic places in the country. We’ve got everything from rugged mountain views to the delicate detail of a blossom. We thought a competition would give people chance to show us what it is they love about this beautiful place, whether they’re of people, landscapes or close ups of flowers.”

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Evie enjoying a Dogs Welcome day, by Dan Struthers

  The competition, for digital photos, will be launched on January 13 and runs until October 31. There are junior and senior categories and to inspire entrants there will be free workshops with professional photographer Pierino Algieri – on April 24, July 26, and October 18.

  Competition winners will be announced on November 14 and on November 29 there will be a prize-giving at the garden when the new calendar will be unveiled. Winners will also receive £100 of vouchers for Cambrian Photography Shop in Colwyn Bay, have their photograph displayed in the entrance to the garden for one year and be able to attend a special workshop with Pierino in May 2015.

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Acers at Bodnant Garden by Pierino Algieri

  Pierino Algieri is a landscape and nature photographer born and raised in Conwy Valley, well known for his images of Snowdonia. He won the Rural Landscape category of the Country file Photographic Competition with his picture of the Miner’s Barracks above Capel Curig.

  Katie says: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the entries because I know there are some really creative people around here. I see people taking photos of the garden all the time and I’m always curious about what catches their eye. It’ll be inspiring to see what is important to our visitors.”

  If you’re chomping at the bit to get started and looking for inspiration what better place to start than in our Winter Garden, which is blooming right now? Judging by the pictures you’ve shared with us just this last year we can look forward to some  wonderful images. Get going everyone – and good luck!

 For full competition details go to our competition page here on the blog http://wp.me/P2Ylci-pe.  Entry forms are available from reception at the garden, or call 01492 650460 for more information. For more about Bodnant Garden see our website at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden.