Over the coming weeks and months, it is likely that many people will enjoy spending more time in their gardens and some, perhaps, will discover a newfound passion for gardening.
As well as the joy a beautiful garden can bring, it is well known that gardening encourages positive mental wellbeing and reduces stress, so there has never been a better time to exercise those green fingers!
Our competition invites gardeners to share their gardens via photos and virtual video tours on our social media channels and website. Entries will be judged in their category by Alan Titchmarsh MBE, one of Britain’s best-loved gardeners, writers and broadcasters.
From amateurs to enthusiasts, all gardens are eligible, so your window boxes, hanging baskets, veg patches, large and small gardens can then be enjoyed online, and winners from each category will receive a share of £400.00 in vouchers, kindly donated by Jarrold in Norwich.
What better motivation do you need than by gardening in support of Priscilla Bacon Hospice? By entering ‘Planting for Priscilla’ you will be helping our fundraising campaign to build a new specialist hospice for Norfolk.
A little bit of history...
There is a history of gardening that runs alongside the charity, as Priscilla, Lady Bacon, who led the fundraising appeal for the original Priscilla Bacon Lodge, was a renowned gardener who transformed the gardens at Raveningham Hall, where the family have lived for nearly 300 years.
Lady Bacon collected rare species from around the world and was well-known across the surprisingly large and active world of galanthophiles (snowdrop specialists). There are snowdrops, an agapanthus and a fuchsia named for Lady Priscilla Bacon.
Her son, Sir Nicholas is president of the Royal Horticultural Society, and has continued her work with a new lake, arboretum, stumpery showcasing tree ferns, and a garden designed in honour of illustrious family member Sir Francis Bacon, from the first Elizabethan age, and his essays based on the passage of Time.
Priscilla, Lady Bacon would take cut flowers from the gardens at Raveningham whilst visiting patients at The Lodge, a tradition which her daughter-in-law Susan, has continued in her role as Patron of the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity.
- Anyone can enter the Planting for Priscilla garden competition, choose a category or categories for entry and submit your entry online.
- Closing date for entries is 17:00 on Friday 10th July 2020.
- When entering, please make a £5.00 donation to Priscilla Bacon Hospice using the link below, either before or after submitting your entry form.
- You may enter more than one category, but we do ask a £5.00 donation for each submission please.
- You must not exceed the allocated size for the ‘Small Garden’ category, which is up to 100m2. There are no size restrictions for the other categories.
- You may include any type of naturally growing plant, shrub or tree.
- You may use man-made structures as part of your entry, but this is not mandatory.
Categories for entry are:
- Large garden (over 100m2)
- Small garden (under 100m2)
- Children’s garden
- Vegetable patch
- Hanging basket/window box/patio pot
- Perfectly Pink Plants