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Person taking photo of Allium with mobile phone
The results of our competition to feature in a new calendar of stunning gardening and plant photography for 2022

Last month we asked our supporters to send in inspiring images, competing to be included in a new Thrive calendar, with photos to represent every month from January to December 2022. Entries could be related to gardening, garden views or plants and people. We were not disappointed! With nearly 70 entries, we were spoilt for choice.

Luckily we assembled a fantastic panel of judges to take on the challenge of whittling down the entries and choosing our winners. The judges included garden designer, author and TV gardening presenter Mark Lane, Client gardener and Thrive ambassador, Carly Field, Thrive ambassador and volunteer Hilary Manisty, and our very own Learning and Technology Officer and photographer, Freddie Watson Stubbs.

Nicky Bright - sunflower at sunset
Sunflower at sunset - Nicky Bright

Nicky Bright was the number 1 choice and all judges felt strongly about her striking sunflower at sunset photo (pictured above). Well done Nicky!

Our final 12 photos and finalists are:

  • January - Birds warming in winter sun by Wendy Elkin
  • February - Beech hedge leaves in deep freeze by Piers Warren
  • March - Bluebell woods by Emily Dawes
  • April - The Old English Garden, Battersea Park (Thrive London) by Thrive
  • May - Hestercombe gardens by Andrew Morley
  • June - Bee enjoying a pumpkin flower at the Ridgeline Trust therapeutic garden by Hannah Pritchard
  • July - Alliums at Thrive Birmingham, Kings Heath Park by Thrive
  • August - Back garden haven for bees and butterflies by Ian Robinson
  • September and front cover - Sunflower at sunset by Nicky Bright
  • October - Thrive Reading, Trunkwell Gardens
  • November - Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum by Susan McCleary
  • December - Frosty rose by James Kenney

The winning images who will feature in the calendar can be seen below or on the A4 wall calendar, which will go on sale very soon. Watch this space!

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