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Kingston in Bloom 2013: The winners
They have been toiling, pruning, coaxing, and pottering away in their gardens, but all that hard work has paid off.
The winners of this year’s Kingston in Bloom contest have been announced, picked from among 150 entries by a team of volunteers.
Everyone who entered received a certificate thanking them for their efforts.
Joyce Lodde, 90, a volunteer at Raleigh House, who won the Mary Rollinson community garden award with Cathy Weight and Margaret Tomkins, said: "It has really developed into an all-year-round garden.
"Against the frenetic, sometimes, activities of the day centre it provides an oasis of calm and peace."
Winners will be congratulated at a reception held by the mayor of Kingston, Councillor Penny Shelton, tonight.
If you would like to volunteer to help with next year’s contest, email Sarah Finucane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winners were:
- Best Front Garden – Mrs Chandra Ananthacumarasamy of Parkside Crescent
- Best Public Building – David Freeman of St Pauls Church, Hook
- Best School – Debbie Gilmore and her pupils at Grand Avenue Primary School
- Best Hanging Baskets – Mary Graham and Jan Mahon on a houseboat on the Thames
- Best Blooming Pub – Janet and Carlos Turnes of the Wych Elm pub in Kingston
- Mary Rollinson Community Garden - Joyce Lodde, Cathy Weight and Margaret Tomkins at Rayleigh House
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