Gardeners World – Garden of the Year winner revealed

Tuesday 24th October 2023

Yeo Valley's head gardener, Sarah Mead
Sarah Mead, Yeo Valley’s head gardener

This year we’re proud sponsors of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine – Gardens of the Year 2023 competition. Our very own head gardener Sarah Mead took part in judging along with gardening royalty Alan Titchmarsh, Arit Anderson and Ann-Marie Powell.

After sifting through lots of pictures of readers’ gardens, a shortlist of eight hopefuls went through to the final with the judges. This month Clive Johnson-Cooper from Edinburgh was crowned the judges’ winner. When asked what he was most proud of in his garden, he said: “It’s the overall look of the garden and how the plants work together. It’s not just a case of putting in a lot of foliage plants.”

Garden of the Year - Clive Johnson-Cooper
Judges’ Winner – Clive Johnson-Cooper

On Clive’s garden Sarah said that she felt it had inspiration for everyone; “we all lead such busy and frenetic lives with information overload, I could totally imagine that Clive can go out there and lose himself completely from the hubbub in Edinburgh.  It is a garden that all of us can take inspiration from and would be easily translated into an area of any size or aspect,” she said.

Irene Berry, Scottish Borders
Irene Berry’s Beautiful Garden on the Scottish Borders

“The judges unanimously felt that the winning garden was a fabulous illustration of what can be done with a small palate of colours (mainly green) and a restrained hand.  The garden reminded me of a small courtyard that has Moroccan tones with its tiled floor and tranquil water feature. All too often as gardeners we are tempted to over design, over colour and over complicate what we do out there,” Sarah added.


You can also have your say by voting in the People’s Choice award

Voting closes at noon on November 13, 2023.

Comments on “Gardeners World – Garden of the Year winner revealed”

  • Just a note to say thank you for showing a photo of my garden in your blog post. My hope is that my small garden can inspire others to create a sanctuary of their own where they can have a deeper connection with nature as well as their inner spirit It’s very good of Yeo Valley to sponsor the BBC Gardener’s World of the Year award. Although I did not win the award, I feel blessed to be able to spread my message of calm and peace in a turbulent world. And I am a big fan of your yoghurts 🙂

    Irene Berry on 16th November 2023 at 9:38 am

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