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Not your average gardener


Thank you to everyone that entered our Not Your Average Gardener Awards, we’re excited to share our four winners for 2023

The judges were so impressed with the number of applications and the quality of the submissions. It’s great to see gardeners of all abilities putting passion into their green spaces. This year we received the most entries for Wildlife Friendly Gardener, it’s encouraging that people are using their gardens to attract and protect local wildlife


NYAG Winner


Roxy Fitzsimmons, Bristol

“It all started when I was kid, my parents would get me to help with the garden weeding, encourage me to spend time outdoors and be at one with nature. What first felt like a chore turned into an absolute passion"


NYAG Winner

Plant to Plate Gardener

Jenny Winnard, Wigan

"My real passion started in March 2021 when a local allotment space opened up. I’m a creative person and this allotment has given us a brilliant opportunity to enjoy something new as a family"


NYAG Winner

Creative Indoor Gardener

Phillip Stewart, Magherafelt

“I’ve always been intrigued by the way houseplants can completely transform an interior space. I’ve got a dark, navy statement wall at home and the bright greenery helps balance the contrast out”


Theodore Rumbold

Little Eco Gardener

Theodore Rumbold, West Sussex

“Theodore is always looking to spend time outside. He’s part of both the gardening and forest clubs at school, he loves to cycle and spends all of his spare time on the hunt for fossils and rocks”



Allotment advice with Jenny

Allotment advice with Jenny

Jenny Winnard, a registered NHS mental health nurse from Wigan, fell into gardening by accident when her husband Phil put their names down for the local Allotment Society waiting list

Create a houseplant haven with Phillip

Create a houseplant haven with Phillip

Having houseplants at home can really complement an interior space, and that’s exactly how Phillip first got interested in starting his collection

meet the judges

Watch these videos to meet our judges and find out what they were looking for in each category

Wildlife Friendly Gardener

RePollinate Project Coordinator, Leigh Biagi

Plant to Plate Gardener

The Mediterranean Gardener, Michael Griffiths


Dobbies Senior Houseplant Buyer, Claire Bishop

Little Eco Gardener

Dobbies Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles

The Prizes

£1,000 Dobbies’ giftcard for each winner. Our in-store team members will be on hand to help select the best sustainable products and plants to enhance the winners’ indoor or outdoor gardening space 


The essentials

There are terms and conditions for each category