Schools Show Garden Competition

Schools Show Garden Competition

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Launched in 2015, the Schools Show Garden Competition gives schools the opportunity to design and build a 1.5m x 1m show garden to reflect the theme which is different every year.

The theme for 2024 is “An Olympic Themed Garden”

A wooden box (including lining and compost) is delivered to your school and then design work, planning and creation takes place in your school. The gardens are then collected by the Suffolk Show team and taken to Trinity Park for the two-day event in May half-term. The gardens will be judged on the first day of the Show, Wednesday 29 May, when the winner of the competition will be crowned. As well as the wooden box, lining and compost, the following is available to schools:

  • £75 worth of shrubs, plants, seeds etc are available to schools to spend with a local plant nursery.
  • Sue Knight and Linda Orford, SAA volunteer stewards, who look after the Flower and Garden Show are happy to visit your school and provide their expertise and advice to assist schools in the planning and design process. 

To apply for 2024 competition please click here. 

Applications close on Friday 15 December 2023.

For more information please email Hannah Woods

Below you will find examples of some of the gardens designed and built by schools in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. 2022 and 2023:

2023 Competition - A Garden Fit for a King

Winning School - Walsham le Willows

2022 Competition - A Garden for All Seasons

Winning School - Bawdsey Primary School


2019 Competition - Gardens of the World

Winning School - Gorseland School, Martlesham






2018 Competition - A Garden of Remembrance 

Winning School - St Mary's C of E Primary School, Woodbridge

 2017 Competition - Made in Suffolk













 2016 Competition - Wildlife in Your Garden:




2015 Competition - A Slice of Suffolk History: