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Shoot People's Garden Awards

Award nominees are now announced for 2008!

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We are giving green-fingered gardening enthusiasts the opportunity to receive recognition for their garden with the Shoot People's Garden Awards to be launched at Chelsea Flower Show.

No matter how big or how small your garden, you are eligible to win if you share your beautiful garden with other like-minded gardeners in our members' garden directory.

Prizes:

Gold £1,000 worth of garden vouchers
Silver Gilt £500 worth of garden vouchers
Silver £300 worth of garden vouchers
Bronze £100 worth of garden vouchers

The criteria:

1. Overall impression - the garden's visual impact and originality
2. Overall design - unity, balance and scale
3. Construction quality - the garden's overall construction and finish. It's important to get the balance right and overuse of hard landscaping can count against a garden
4. Planting design - the use of colour, texture, association, relevance to the overall design, quality and finish

Entry requirements:

Entrants must publish their garden with a photo and at least 8 plants into the members' garden directory on shootgardening.co.uk. Publishing your garden is FREE. Open to UK residents only.

Dates:

• Deadline for publishing entries is 31st July 2007
• Short-list nominations of 12 gardens will be announced on 31st August 2007 by the expert panel
• Voting by the general public will take place during September and will close on 21st September
• Awards winners will be announced by 30th September

Meet the judges:

Andrew Fisher Tomlin

Andrew fisher tomlinAndrew Fisher Tomlin trained in horticulture at Askham Bryan College and is one of the country's leading garden designers with his company designing gardens across Europe. Andrew is a past Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers, the UK's professional body for garden design, and was named Garden Designer of the Year in 2006. His company is currently creating what will be the largest roof gardens in the UK and an eco destination project in Cyprus, amongst many residential gardens.

Catherine Heatherington

Catherine heatheringtomCatherine studied garden design at Middlesex University and Capel Manor before setting up her own practice in London. She is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers and is increasingly known for designs both urban and rural, which take contemporary ideas into settings where they link with both architecture and the wider landscape. Catherine writes regularly for garden design publications and is the co-author of "A New Naturalism".

Nigel Gibson

Nigel gibsonNigel has worked in horticulture for the last 30 years, beginning with local authorities before becoming a landscaper on private gardens. Nigel has been part of a winning team of the overall top prize and a RHS Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, worked on many show gardens at Hampton Court and has been a previous joint winning garden at the San Francisco Garden Show. Nigel has had articles published in The Garden Design Journal and is currently the manager / plantsman at Coblands Designer Plants.