Since its start in 1996, Fareham in Bloom has grown into a well known and successful gardening campaign involving communities throughout the Borough and attracting more than 400 entries each year. It encourages local communities - from private garden owners to large businesses - to provide bright and colourful planting schemes. It has raised the profile of our parks and green spaces and developed a sense of community spirit and local pride. Why not give it a go and help us to fill Fareham with flowers?
Applications for this years Fareham In Bloom are now closed.
23th -27th June
7 - 18th July
7th - 11th July
Entrants will be given seven days notice of approximate time of visit.
Preliminary judging will take place on the 27th June
Final judging will be on the 11th July
Whatever your gardening speciality, you are sure to find a category to suit you. Details of categories are in our Fareham In Bloom guide for entrants and judges. There are 21 classes and sub-classes, from best floral front gardens and hanging baskets to best decorated business premises and unusual garden features. Whichever you enter, you will receive a 10% discount card for use at selected nurseries and garden centres.
Since its humble beginnings as a floral competition Fareham in Bloom - Filling Fareham with Flowers has developed beyond all expectations. Organised by our parks section and run by a group of dedicated volunteers, it is one of the largest of its kind on the south coast. Volunteers work throughout the year to encourage people to take part in parks projects, planning new ideas, designing displays and running competitions. This is supported by many sponsors who offer funding for the eye-catching displays on our roundabouts and who provide the wonderful prizes and trophies for our presentation event each September. We place a strong emphasis on environmental education and activities are organised to reflect the richness and array of parks in the Borough and to involve as many people as possible. The aim is to make the area a green, bright and cheerful place to live, work, or visit and develop an awareness of the importance of our parks, woodlands and countryside. We hope you will show off your horticultural talents and help to make Fareham bloom.
You can get involved in your local parks and countryside through a host of activities, workshops and events to support Fareham in Bloom. Each autumn we give away sacks of bulbs and over the past 12 years, with the help of our residents, we have planted more than four million daffodils, which bring a carpet of gold each spring. You can get full details of these and other activities on request.
Fareham allotment competition forms part of the annual programme. It has categories for plot holders and young allotment gardeners. Schools are actively encouraged to use gardening as part of curricular activity, with an award for best schools gardening projects. The award for Outstanding Horticultural Excellence is our highest accolade. Presented annually, it is open to previous years' winners or individuals who have dedicated their time to specific horticultural projects that benefit the community.
The Gardens Open scheme was launched in 2005 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fareham in Bloom. It was such a success that it was decided to make it an annual event. On one day each year, award winning gardens from previous Fareham in Bloom community gardening competitions are open to the public. You can find more information by visiting the Gardens Open Scheme page.
Entry is free and open to anyone who lives or has a business within the Borough. Gardening is fun and while it recognises the efforts of individuals with a passion for plants and gardening, the competition is also light-hearted and brightens up our local communities. We would like to hear about your gardening talents.
Judging such a large gardening competition involves many people and a considerable amount of time. All judging for the main competition is carried out during the first two weeks of July, when a team of judges visits entrants to seek out budding horticulturists.
The judges are gardeners, some of whom are from horticultural groups in the Borough and many who have been winners of the competition in previous years.
A reception for prize giving is held in September each year. More than 200 people attend, including award winners and anyone who has entered the competition.
To show off your horticultural flair, simply complete an application form. Fareham in Bloom (see content below) community gardening competitions are open to all residents and businesses within the Borough.
• Entry is free to all competitions and events on this page
• All entries must be made with the attached application form. Please keep a note of the categories you have entered
• All entries must be available for viewing from the outside and contribute to the enjoyment of others (excluding back garden entries)
• All winners will be notified and copies of the results will be sent to participants
• The judges' decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.*
*A full list of judging criteria and competition rules will be sent to you on receipt of an application or is available on request.
Do you have some spare time to help with the promotion, judging or educational projects in Fareham In Bloom? If so, we would love to hear from you. Would you or your company like to become a sponsor? There are many opportunities in Fareham in Bloom as well as the sponsorship of roundabouts.
Need help? Please let us know if you have any particular needs.
The 'In Bloom' campaign is not only a local one, with national and regional competitions also taking place annually.
Southern England in Bloom run by the Royal Horticultural Society is our regional competition. We enter the Borough to compete against other local authorities. In 2014, we were given 14 awards in the South & South East England competition:
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