The seeds have been sown for this year?s GardenFest competition.

Inverclyde? Provost Robert Moran opened nominations for the event at Cardwell Garden Centre alongside fellow judges Cardwell Garden Centre director, Kieran Gallagher, and Greenock Telegraph columnist, George Irvine.

The annual contest sees the best gardens across Inverclyde vie for a range of awards including Best Patio Garden, Best Shrub Garden, Best School Garden, Best Newcomer, Best Garden Feature and Best Vegetables/Fruit & Edible Crops.

Cardwell Garden Centre director Kieran Gallagher, GardenFest Judge Ken Thomson, Provost Robert Moran and GardenFest judge George Irvine

Provost Moran said: ?I am delighted to be involved in an event that showcases the best of Inverclyde gardens.? We are hoping for a bumper year of entries so I would encourage residents from all over the area to take part, whether you enter your own garden or nominate a friend or neighbour; from expert green fingered growers to budding horticulturalists, everyone should have a go.?

Mr Gallagher added: ?We are delighted to play our part in this year?s GardenFest. We are continually impressed by the quality of gardens in Inverclyde; I am in no doubt that 2014 will see more of the same and I am very much looking forward to the judging stage.?

The closing date for applications is Friday 25 July after which the judging stage will commence. As well as the six specialist categories there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each of the six council wards and a judges? discretionary prize; all of which are sponsored by Cardwell Garden Centre and will be presented at an awards ceremony in October.

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