Pictured: The winning garden at Squire’s Stanmore (left to right – Tina Dyer, Nathan Syrett and Christine Foley).
Right: Squire’s at Woking (left to right – Fiona Copper, John Jary. Lawrence Peake and Andy Webb.)
Squire’s garden centres at Stanmore and Woking have emerged victorious in a friendly competition between the group’s 16 sites to designa garden that showcases why they love gardening.
The gardens had to be small, easy to create and maintain, and something that customers could replicate at home.
Stanmore won ‘Best Showcasing of I Love Gardening’ with a mouthwatering creation featuring fruit and vegetables, an apple tree, herbs, strawberries and a wicker hatch chicken coup (pictured left).
Woking won ‘Best Focal Point’ for its colourful and educational garden (pictured below), which was all about encouraging children to get off their iPads and get into gardening. The focal point was ‘Chloe The Caterpillar’ built from crates and plant saucers. The garden also contained a quiz on flip cards to teach children about insects, an imaginative ‘create your own fairy garden’ area using broken pots and Antirrhinum snap dragons, and plants for the senses.
Squire’s Chairman Sarah Squire commented; “All of our centres created amazing gardens, but the two that really stood out were the gardens at Squire’s in Stanmore and Woking. The teams had put such thought, enthusiasm and effort into their designs. We have received lots of great comments from customers who have really enjoyed seeing their creations.”