Green-fingered residents and staff at a Salisbury care home are celebrating after they won a citywide gardening challenge for three years in a row.
Colten Care’s Braemar Lodge in Stratford Road has struck ‘gold’ once again in the annual Salisbury City Council Gardens Awards, seeing off competition from a strong field including householders, hotels, pubs, B&Bs and schools.
Competition criteria included layout, atmosphere, tidiness, plant variety, sustainability and provision for wildlife.
Judges praised Braemar Lodge for gearing its garden totally to residents, with clever use of plant varieties that people would recognise from their younger days.
In their citation, judges specifically complimented features such as a hedgehog house, teapot trail and areas for residents and their families to sit outdoors, adding: “The garden is a truly stimulating place. All the staff should be congratulated on creating a space that is as important, if not more so, as the rooms within the house.”
Activities Organiser Sylvie Rodulson said the award success over successive years was largely down to gardener Lesley King working closely with the residents’ garden club on regular maintenance, the choice and tending of plants and the care of wildlife visitors including birds and insects.
Sylvie said: “Our garden brings so much joy to us all and it’s fantastic to have all the work that goes into it recognised by our city council. We will continue to develop and evolve the garden year by year for the benefit of our residents and their families.”
Braemar Lodge also won a scarecrow competition held alongside the main garden awards this year