Pumpkin carving competition results

This Halloween we set up a pumpkin carving competition on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages and had some amazing entries. We offered 3 prizes consisting of £20, £10 and £5 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers and the winners have now been chosen.

The quality of carvings was very impressive, and it was quite hard to choose the winners, but three pumpkins really stood out from the rest:

1st prize – £20 voucher
Rebecca Baker sent in this picture of her intricately carved ‘Aztec’ pumpkin, which must have taken lots of time and patience to complete.

Pumpkin carving competition results

1st prize

2nd prize – £10 voucher
William Bannink’s ‘ET’ took us right back to the 80s. We just hope there were no ‘ouch’ moments while he was carving the pumpkin!

Pumpkin carving competition results

2nd prize

3rd prize – £5 voucher
These mischievous cats were carved by Rachel Furnish and her entry was chosen as the 3rd prize winner by our team of judges.

Pumpkin carving competition results

3rd prize

We also thought we should mention our three runners-up – Syliva Comben’s witch, Tim Furnish’s elephant and Alison Balch’s owl:

Pumpkin carving competition results

Witch by Sylvia Comben

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Pumpkin carving competition results

Elephant by Tim Furnish

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Pumpkin carving competition results

Owl by Alison Balch

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.

2013 photo competition winners

The winners of Thompson & Morgan’s 2013 competition winners have been announced! There were 8 categories to enter this year and the judges had a very tough time deciding on the final winner in each one.

Top prizes were £100 or £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers and runners-up each won £10 worth of vouchers.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up and thank you to everyone who sent in photos. Here are the winning entries:

Plant portrait of any Thompson & Morgan product
Sarah Bush, Liverpool
Sarah’s close-up of a petunia bloom covered in drops of water was a clear winner in this category.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Sarah Bush

Petunia ‘Purple Tower’
Russell Good, Huntingdon
We like to give our customers a challenge now and again, and this year we asked who could grow the tallest petunia ‘Purple Tower’! Russell wins £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Russell Good

Begonia ‘Inferno’
Richard Laker, Colchester
Richard’s stunning basket of begonia ‘Inferno’ gets first prize in this category, winning him £100 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Richard Laker

Tree Lily
Lauren Witt, Braunton
Lauren’s amazing display of towering tree lilies really impressed the judges.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Lauren Witt

Your beds and borders
Christine Smith, Bury St. Edmunds
The judges felt that the luscious planting scheme and fabulous colours of Christine’s borders deserved the top prize in this category.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Christine Smith

Your patio garden
Christine Harrison, Nuneaton
We asked the entrants in this category to show off their patio gardens, and Christine’s patio looks the perfect place to spend an evening relaxing…

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Christine Harrison

Vegetables and fruit
Alexese Scott, Colchester
With the good summer that we’ve had, the judges were hoping for some really good harvest photos – they certainly weren’t disappointed!

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Alexese Scott

Baskets and hanging containers of any Thompson & Morgan product
Kevin Joseph, Bristol
Kevin’s baskets were absolutely dripping with gorgeous flowers and a well-deserved winner in this category.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

2013 photo competition winners

Winner – Kevin Joseph

Our photo competitions are closed for this year, but we’ll announce the next ones in spring 2014. In the meantime, why not have a go at guessing how many seeds are in the giant pumpkin?

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.

Big Butterfly Count photo competition

Win prizes in our Big Butterfly Count photo competition

Big Butterfly Count photo competition

Win up to £25 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers

To celebrate the start of the Big Butterfly Count (20th July – 11th August), we’d love to see your photos of butterflies. You could win up to £25 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers!

Simply head over to our competitions page to submit your photos and enter the competition online.

There are three prizes up for grabs:

1st prize: £25 Thompson & Morgan voucher

2nd prize: £15 Thompson & Morgan voucher

3rd prize: £10 Thompson & Morgan voucher

The competition is open to everyone and you can submit as many photos as you like, so get creative with your butterfly shots! It ends on 11th August and we’ll contact the winners shortly afterwards.

In the meantime, why not take a look at our ‘How to encourage butterflies into your garden’ post for some inspiration?

Good luck!

 

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.

Win up to £250 in our photo competitions

Win up to £250 in our photo competitions

If you are proud of your plants and would like to show us what you have accomplished, Thompson & Morgan runs photo competitions throughout the year.

We’ve added some new categories this year and competitions are open to everyone, so whether you have a single hanging basket outside your front door, a couple of tubs on your balcony or acres of formal gardens you could win some fantastic prizes, as well as seeing your photos on our website or even in one of our catalogues.

You can enter as many competitions as you like. Please visit our photo competitions page for details of how to enter.

Michael Warren, Thompson & Morgan photo competitions judge

Michael Warren

Thompson & Morgan’s photo competitions are judged by renowned plant photographer, Michael Warren. Michael’s photos have been illustrating books, magazines and catalogues for over 40 years and his talks to garden clubs increase year on year.

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Photo competitions – categories for 2013

Photo competitions - Petunia 'Purple Tower'

Photo competitions – Petunia ‘Purple Tower’

Petunia ‘Purple Tower’
Can you grow the tallest tower? We’re so confident about the vigour of our new ‘Purple Tower’ that we’re throwing open a challenge to our all our customers. Send in your photos and you could be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers!

Click here to enter

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Photo competitions - Begonia 'Inferno'

Photo competitions – Begonia ‘Inferno’

Begonia ‘Inferno’™
Why don’t you see just what Begonia ‘Inferno’™ can do for you? Pack out any hanging basket, Flower Pouch™ or windowbox. Order your plants today and join our challenge! We’re awarding £100 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers for the best photo of Begonia ‘Inferno’™ this summer.

Click here to enter

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Photo competitions - Tree Lilies

Photo competitions – Tree Lilies

Tree Lilies®
Try Tree Lilies® for yourself; you’ll see just how easy and instant they can be! For your chance to win £100 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers, simply grow tree lilies® this summer, take a photo and send it in.

Click here to enter

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Photo competitions - Your Beds & Borders

Photo competitions – Your Beds & Borders

Your beds and borders
Send in a photo of your beds and borders looking their best and you could win £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers.

Click here to enter

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Photo competitions - Patio Garden

Photo competitions – Patio Garden

Your patio garden
Is your patio garden your pride and joy? Send in your photos and be in with a chance of winning £250 in vouchers.

Click here to enter

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Photo competitions - Vegetables and Fruit

Photo competitions – Vegetables and Fruit

Vegetables and Fruit
The ‘Vegetables and Fruit’ category gives you the chance to show off your kitchen garden, whether you’ve got a large vegetable plot or grow in containers on the patio.

Click here to enter

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Photo competitions - Hanging Baskets & Containers

Photo competitions – Hanging Baskets & Containers

Baskets and hanging containers of any Thompson & Morgan product
Have your baskets and containers got the wow-factor? Send in your photos for the chance to win £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers.

Click here to enter

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Photo competitions - Plant Portrait

Photo competitions – Plant Portrait

Plant Portrait of any Thompson & Morgan product
This category gives you the opportunity to really show off your photography skills! Take a photo of any Thompson & Morgan plant and send it in for your chance to win. For inspiration, why not have a look at our 2012 entries?

Click here to enter

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The prizes
The winners of the begonia and tree lily categories will receive £100 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers, winners of the remaining categories will receive £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers.

We will also select an unlimited number of runners-up, who will each receive £10 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers if their image is selected for use in Thompson & Morgan’s catalogues.

Preparing your entry

We will only accept entries in digital format for this competition.

Tips for taking great photos:

  • Keep any backgrounds simple and uncluttered
  • Choose a perfect bloom when shooting close-ups
  • Do not shoot into the sun or during bright sunshine
  • Take some vertical pictures, not always horizontal
  • Think differently, experiment…

Please visit the photo competition page of your choice for details of how to enter.

Closing date 30th September 2013
Winners and runners-up will be notified by 31st October 2013

Use of images
Please note, all images submitted for entry in to the competition and chosen as either competition winners or runners-up will become, by default, the copyright of Thompson & Morgan and its Group of companies. We will use your image for the foreseeable future in any marketing literature, be it online or in paper format.

2012 Photo Competition Results
Click here to see the 2012 photo competition winners.

Win £500!
Have you discovered a new plant growing in your garden? If so, you could be in with a chance of winning a £500 reward. Several varieties in our current range were discovered by customers and who knows, next time it could be you! Click here for full details of how to go about breeding new plants.

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.

Photo competition winners announced!

2012 photo competition winners announced

The winners of Thompson & Morgan’s 2012 photo competition have been announced! This year we received hundreds of entries for each category – thank you to all who participated. The decisions were made much more difficult by the high quality of photos that we received. Thompson & Morgan’s judges, with the help of local garden and plant photographer Michael Warren, chose the following winners:

Alan Statham, winner 'Hanging Baskets & Containers' category

1st Place – Alan Statham’s begonia basket

Hanging Baskets & Containers
Alan Statham, Derbys
Mr Statham’s stunning display of begonias wowed the judges and earned him top prize in the Hanging Baskets & Containers category.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

Mrs Bailey, winner 'Digitalis Illumination Pink' category

1st Place – Mrs Bailey’s digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’

Digitalis Illumination Pink
Mrs A J Bailey, Derbys
We set our customers the challenge of growing and photographing their own Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’ flowers, after this impressive new plant was crowned Plant of the Year 2012 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. And what fabulous displays they were indeed! The top prize goes to Mrs Bailey for her stunning close up of her foxglove blooms.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

Maureen Allen, winner 'Patio' category

1st Place – Maureen Allen’s patio

Patio Garden
Maureen Allen, West Midlands
Mrs Allen’s secluded patio looks like the perfect place to while away the hours on a sunny afternoon and this photo won her the top prize of a £250 Thompson & Morgan voucher!

View the winning entry and runners-up here

Amy Lloyd, winner 'Plant portrait' category

1st Place – Amy Lloyd’s ‘Poppy with wildlife’

Plant Portrait
Amy Lloyd, Herts
In this category our customers really got the chance to show off their photographic skills. We were looking for some terrific arty shots – and we weren’t disappointed! Amy Lloyd’s ‘Poppy with wildlife’ was a clear winner, with its vivid and crisp colours.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

Alan Statham, winner 'Your Beds & Borders' category

1st Place – Alan Statham’s flower beds

Your Beds & Borders
Alan Statham, Derbys
A great day for Mr. Statham, having already won the Hanging Baskets & Containers category, the judges were amazed by the sheer flower power of his delightful front garden and felt that it deserved the top prize.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

Phil Beckett, winner 'Vegetables & Fruit' category

1st Place – Phil Beckett’s vegetables

Vegetables & Fruit
Phil Beckett, West Midlands
A lovely picture of Mr Beckett’s veg patch and budding gardener getting involved in the hard work impressed the judges in this category.

View the winning entry and runners-up here

The top prize in each category was £250 worth of Thompson & Morgan vouchers and runners-up each received a £10 voucher. Our 2012 competitions are now closed, but you’ll have the chance to enter next year when we announce the new categories in spring 2013. Visit our website for more details.

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.

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