Cardwell Garden Centre. Lunderston Bay, By Gourock, Inverclyde. PA19 1BB

Cardwell’s Gardenfest contest aims to find our great gardeners

Last year’s Gardenfest winner Bernie Robertson, Inverkip, with judges George Irvine (left) and Cardwell’s Kieran Gallagher (right).


THE search is on to find Inverclyde’s great gardeners as we launch this year’s Cardwell Gardenfest Trophy.

Gardeners will be able to showcase their green-fingered skills and how they have turned their gardens into a magnificent myriad of flowers and plants.

And there are fabulous prizes to be won with a trophy and a £50 gift voucher up for grabs in each of the four categories in Cardwell Gardenfest 2021.

Like last year, the competition for gardeners living in Inverclyde will be hosted online and entrants are being asked to submit a maximum of three photographs of their garden.

You can email photos to or add your photographs on the comments box of our Facebook post about the Gardenfest competition at or hand photo prints in at Cardwell’s Information Desk or post them to us at Cardwell Gardenfest, Cardwell Garden Centre, Lunderston Bay, Inverclyde PA 19 1BB.

The categories this year are:

  • General Garden – can be front or rear garden and images should show a wide view of your garden;
  • Hanging Baskets – with no maximum number of baskets in your photo;
  • Pots or Containers – again no maximum number in your photo;
  • Junior Gardener – anything in the garden looked after anyone under 16 or any arts and crafts project that is garden related.

Closing date for entries to Cardwell Gardenfest is Monday, August 16 and judging will be carried out by well-known local gardening expert, George Irvine and Cardwell’s director, Kieran Gallagher.

Kieran said: “We’ve been involved in Gardenfest for many years and even although there are still some coronavirus restrictions in place, we wanted to make sure the competition went ahead again this year.

“There are many skilled gardeners living in Inverclyde and this is a great way of them showing how well their gardens grow.

“And we also want to encourage the next generation of gardeners and that’s why we have a Junior Gardener category to encourage young people to get involved in gardening.

“We can’t wait to see the photographs of people’s gardens.”

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