Community Council News

Peebles in Bloom

It's that time of year again.  The Community Council-run Peebles in Bloom Awards seek to recognise the efforts of Peebles' gardeners in adding to the colour and vitality of our lovely town - adding that bit of sparkle to our street environment.  This is an achievement award rather than a competition, and in all but one category all the selected gardens are visible from the public path or highway.  The one exception is the Secret Garden category where gardeners are invited to nominate their own or a neighbour's garden that is not visible from the street.  Gardens are judged for "wow" factor, and as "all-year-round" plantings, and can be floral, courtyard, or vegetable - or of course a mix.  

Some two months ago Peebles Community Councillors were busy walking the streets of Peebles to identify outstanding gardens visible from the public highway.  This long-list was then whittled down to a short-list which was then submitted for judging.  This year we are privileged to have Eric Gilmour and Bob Milne as our judges for the gardens nominated by the Community Councillors.  Carolyn Spray of BBC’s Beechgrove Garden and Pentland Plants is the judge for the Secret Gardens category. 

The owners of the top 45 gardens will receive a Commended, Highly Commended, Bronze, Silver or Gold Award at a ceremony to be held on 19th September.  One garden will receive an Award for being ‘Overall Winner’, and another will receive an Award for ‘Lifetime achievement’.  In the Secret Garden category there were 9 nominations - all of them stunning.  Eric and Bob also judged the floral displays at the businesses in the town.

Graham Garvie has kindly agreed to present the trophies and certificates at the Presentation Evening to our worthy winners, and Jason Hedley of SBC will give the vote of thanks.