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Scotland's Gardens Scheme wants visitors to take pictures of the open gardens and enter the charity's new photography competition


By Margaret Chrystall

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New for 2022, Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is pleased to launch its first ever photography competition. The charity is inviting visitors to Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Days this season, to share their own photographs of gardens opening for charity this year. Entries will be showcased on the SGS website, their social media and in the 2023 Guidebook.

Scotland's Garden Scheme returns.
Scotland's Garden Scheme returns.

All photographs in the competition will feature in two judging categories: the Judges’ Choice Award and the Audience Award. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme are looking for pictures that tell the story of a garden and why it’s special to you. They also want to know a bit about your photograph in the entry form and this will be taken into consideration with your entry.

Judges will include Brian Cunningham, Head Gardener at Scone Palace and Beechgrove Garden presenter, with other judges still to be announced.

All credits will be given to any qualifying participants and their photographs will be shown on Scotland’s Gardens Scheme’s social media platforms, website and in their 2023 guidebook. Additionally, the winner of each category will be offered £150 or a donation of the same amount to the charity of their choice. The deadline for competition submissions is the 15th of October 22, with voting taking place during November 2022.

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme supports the opening of gardens to raise money for charity through garden gate tickets, plant sales and teas. Most are privately owned and are normally inaccessible to the public at other times. Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is a charity and raises funds for around 250 other charities each year, including its beneficiary charities, The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, Perennial and Maggie’s.

Visitors can plan their days out to participating gardens by clicking onto scotlandsgardens.org. Garden highlights can also be found on social media:

Twitter @ScotGardens

Instagram @ScotlandGardenScheme

Facebook @ScotlandsGardens.

The Scotland’s Garden Scheme Photo competition is free to enter and details on how to submit photographs, further information and terms and conditions can be found on the website: scotlandsgardens.org/photo-competition

Photo competition calls for visitors to share their pictures of Scotland's Garden Scheme gardens.
Photo competition calls for visitors to share their pictures of Scotland's Garden Scheme gardens.
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