The Judges Choice Award
For almost forty years the public have voted one of Historic House’s member gardens their favourite of the year. The award, run in conjunction with Christie’s has gone from strength to strength since then – in 2020 more votes were cast for the shortlist than ever before, and a new category of award, the Judges Choice, was added to recognise smaller gardens.
Any garden of a Historic Houses member property that is regularly open to the public may enter the award. Our judging panel whittles down contenders for the main award to a shortlist of eight, which then compete to win the votes of the public and Historic House members all summer.
In addition, the panel will make a second, direct, award to a garden they consider embodies excellence on a smaller scale, either of area, staffing, or access, and hence has less opportunity to influence the popular poll.
Each winner holds the crown for the whole of the following year – the sought-after title can considerably boost visitor numbers, really putting the garden on the map.
Extract from Historic Houses Press Release
Many congratulations to Lord Carrington, Head Gardener Mark Thompson and the gardening team at Bledlow Manor for their well-deserved Judges’ Choice Award at the Historic Buildings Parks and Gardens Conference at Queen Elizabeth II Hall, Westminster on 14th November.