Yorkshire Life Garden of the Year winner 2009

PUBLISHED: 15:30 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 February 2013

Garden of the Year

Garden of the Year

Our Garden of the Year winner is congratulated by competition sponsors

There were congratulations all round for our Garden of the Year competition winner Brian Denison and his wife Maureen when they met sponsors to accept their prizes.

They discussed the winning garden over tea in the courtyard at Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, Leeds.

The sponsors were Martin Howe, from Wykeham Mature Plants, Wykeham Abbey, near Scarborough who is giving 1,000 of trees and shrubs and Bob Wild Grass Machinery, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, who are donating a 900 John Deere lawn mower.

Judges from Askham Bryan Horticultural and Agricultural College near York, said the garden was well nurtured with a good range of planting.

Brian, who lives in Leeds, said he took up gardening seriously only after he retired as a scientist and had more time to spend in the garden. 'The garden gives me an immense feeling of fulfilment and this award is the icing on the cake,' said Brian. 'I enjoy the hard landscaping, wall and patio building as much as the planting and planning of the garden and borders.

'The most enjoyable aspect now is seeing the results in the hours after the lawns have been freshly cut and I am on top of the border maintenance.'

His philosophy on gardening, added Brian, could be summed up by a quote from William Robinson, author of The English Flower Garden and Home Grounds, which was published in 1883: 'Should it not be remembered that in setting a garden we are painting a picture of hundreds of feet or yards instead of so many inches, painted with living flowers and seen by open daylight - so that to paint it rightly is a debt that we owe to the beauty of flowers and to the light of the sun.'

His tips for success are not only careful planning and preparation but also adventurous planting. 'If you don't know a plant, grow it and get to know it,' he said.

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