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Published on 4th January, 2022

Entrants to the competition will be given a 3x3m plot to design and create before the show opens, so visitors can admire the finished results during the Show. The gardens will all be professionally judged based on how well they meet the supplied brief, with this year’s theme being ‘Happy and Glorious’ to reflect the 70-year reign of our monarch. There will also be the opportunity for visitors to choose their own favourite in the Peoples’ Choice vote.

As a popular feature at the Royal Bath & West Show, the gardens are designed by a variety of different entrants, including local businesses, colleges, and charities.

 “The competition enables a wide range of organisations the opportunity not only to show their talents in designing and building a garden based on a specific theme, but also to bring attention to what that organisation does,” says organiser Nigel Cox.

“The main aim of the competition is not the winning but the opportunity to show off skills and what can be done in a small space. It supports the rest of the horticultural village and the displays to be found there.”

Each day of the show members of the design teams will be to answer any questions visitors might have about their garden or horticulture in general and at the end of the show many of the gardens will sell of plants to the visitors.

“Each garden will demonstrate design and construction skills and show what garden design is all about,” says Mr Cox. “Visitors always enjoy talking with the garden designers and will hopefully get ideas about what they could do in their own gardens”

If you think you’ve got what it takes to create a glorious garden, then please register your interest by emailing

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