Judges cherry-pick top Aberdeen gardens in prestigious contest

Aberdeen in Bloom, now in its 43rd year, saw almost 100 entrants judged between July 16 and August 3.
Aberdeen in Bloom, now in its 43rd year, saw almost 100 entrants judged between July 16 and August 3.

Aberdeen gardeners have proved they have flower power after their green-fingered efforts blossomed into victory at an awards ceremony.

A range of gardens have been crowned as winners in their categories of the annual Aberdeen In Bloom competition.

The contest highlights the work of residents and businesses for their contribution to the city’s floral displays – which this year made it to the finals of Britain in Bloom in the “city” category.

The Britain in Bloom final will take place in Belfast on October 19, and follows on from Aberdeen’s success in the Beautiful Scotland competition where Powis Residents’ Group, Aberdeen Inspired and Cove in Bloom all took home top awards.

For Aberdeen in Bloom, now in its 43rd year, there were almost 100 entrants judged between July 16 and August 3. Winners of the nine categories were presented with their awards by Aberdeen City Council Deputy Provost Alan Donnelly, who thanked everyone who entered the competition.

During judging, the gardens were assessed on their design, quality of horticultural features, floral displays and standards of maintenance, while others were judged on their sustainable and biodiversity initiatives to conserve energy and encourage wildlife and their habitat.

Winners of the nine categories include: Leslie and Mabel Yuill; John Innes; Mr and Mrs A L Inkster; Clan House and Moira Cameron; George Penny of Dunbebban Road, Dyce; Douglas Merson of Bloomfield Place, and Maureen Wright, Scott Robertson and Fiona McAllister of St Joseph’s RC Primary School.

The overall winners from categories 1-3 were Leslie and Mabel Yuill, while the work of Scott Robertson was awarded the overall winner from categories 4-9. The Best New Entrant Award was presented to Elizabeth Yeats.

Mr Donnelly said: “These gardens really are the cream of the crop around the city and are simply beautiful.”

The School Potato category attracted many entrants but it was Scotstown Primary who won the greatest weight of crop section, while joint winners Cornhill and Airyhall Primary School were successful in the “most attractive and unusual container” section.

Mr Donnelly added: “I would like to thank everyone who entered in this year’s Aberdeen in Bloom competition as they all play a huge part in making our city green and beautiful.

“Every year, we have outstanding examples of gardens and other areas entering Aberdeen in Bloom and these all help with our city’s enviable reputation for excelling in Scottish and UK-wide bloom competitions over the decades.

“All of us – whether individuals, community groups, schools or businesses – can help enhance the city’s floral displays and I congratulate this year’s winners for their sterling efforts.”