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Islington In Bloom

Islington In Bloom is your local horticultural competition run by Islington Gardeners and Islington Council.

The 2021 competition is now open and will run until Sunday, 4 July. Winners will be announced in September.

With social distancing restrictions in place submissions for the gardening competition are online again this year. All residents – including expert gardeners and new budding enthusiasts - are encouraged to take part by sprucing up gardens, creating a colourful window display, or by growing gorgeous house plants.

Entries will be judged remotely, with entrants sending photographs of their green-fingered accomplishments to the judges by emailing

Gardening is known to have a positive impact on mental health and this year’s competition offers a great opportunity for residents to benefit at such a challenging time.

This year’s categories are:

  • Best Back Garden

  • Best Front Garden

  • Best Container Garden

  • Best Children’s Planting – (14 years and under)

  • Best Window Box

  • Best House Plant

  • Best Edible Garden – new category

  • Best Community Garden

  • Best Tree Pit 

We’re excited to announce this year we have a new category to enter – Best Edible Garden. We’re really looking forward to seeing all the creative entries you cook up!

Many gardening centres are delivering their products but why not get creative and use household items like coffee mugs and recycled materials as plant holders? Gardening centres are open if you would like to visit in person

You can get more inspiration via the @IslingtoninBloom Instagram page, which shows gardening tips, fun facts and some previous years entries.

How to enter

  1. Submit up to two photographers by email to

  2. Please include which category you are entering, your full name and email address.

  3. Photos must total no more than 10MB in size

Photo tips

We know you are putting your best efforts into creating a green oasis and we want to see all your incredible efforts as they are meant to be seen. Which is why we have put together some handy tips on how to photograph your gardens and pots.

  1. Shoot early in the morning and at sunset for the best lighting

  2. frame your photo to get your gardens/plants/tree to make them the focus

  3. remove distracting elements such as rubbish bins and electrical cables

  4. be mindful of window reflections for window boxes 

Please submit your photo entries once your garden creations are ready, and just a reminder that the deadline for entries is Sunday 4 July.

Good luck!

Islington in Bloom would not be possible without the competition’s sponsors, including Islington Gardeners, The Islington SocietyBilly Davis Funfairs, Partners for Improvement, The Angel Association, NSL, and Camden Garden Centre.

All entrants to Islington in Bloom will receive a voucher for a free bag of compost from Camden Garden Centre.

For inquiries, email

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