A CELEBRATION of colour helped a gardening enthusiast to scoop the top prize in a prestigious competition.
Richard Meadows put hours of craft into creating an eye catching masterpiece at his home in Hunts Lane, Netherseal.
The hard work paid off handsomely after he was named the overall winner of South Derbyshire District Council’s annual tenant gardening awards.
“It means so much,” said the green-fingered gardener.
“I pulled out all of the stops this year and it is lovely that has been recognised.”
Blues, whites and pinks are the main colours used in the garden thanks to an infusion of foxgloves, roses, lobelias and delphiniums.
The judges were particularly impressed with the flowerbed at the front of the house and a handcrafted maze that has become the main attraction at the back.
Other features include an assortment of vegetables, meticulously maintained borders, a water feature and a selection of potted plants.
Mr Meadows added: “I have entered the competition a few times and have won the best vegetable garden before.
“To win the overall prize, you have to keep on top of all areas of the garden and make sure it all links in together.
“We have worked really hard to keep it in good condition and we are delighted with the end result.”
A record total of 49 entries took part in the competition, with winners and runners up announced from nine categories.
Prizes were presented at an awards ceremony attended by Ann Hood, chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, at Swadlincote Town Hall.
Councillor Hood said: “The imagination and hard work that goes into creating these beautiful gardens is so impressive. I’d like to commend our very worthy winners.”