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An image of a pink flowerFilling Fareham with flowers

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? 

Judging dates

This year's judging window will be between 8 - 19 July dependent on the category you have entered. All entrants will be notified nearer the time. If when the judges call, you are not available then they will leave a note to say they have been.

Presentation Evening

Is expected to be held on Thursday 19 September at Ferneham Hall.

Something for everyone

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.

What it takes

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.

It's not just about flowers

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.

An image of an Orange flowerTaking part

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 half 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. Judging sheets PDF (387 KB).

Results 2018 PDF (1 MB)

The Annual prize giving

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.

Getting involved

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.

*A full list of judging criteria and competition rules will be sent to you on receipt of an application or is available on request.

Becoming a volunteer or sponsor

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.

An image of a ladybirdNeed help?

If you require any assistance or have any particular needs then please contact us.

If you would like any further information on any of the above please contact Customer Services on 01329 236100 or e-mail


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