Cliftonville in Bloom

What better way to brighten up 2022 than with a great gardening competition? Cliftonville in Bloom causes a buzz every year and aims to increase civic pride within the Cliftonville West community.

This fun, friendly and free competition is open to all ages, all gardening abilities, businesses as well as residents. So no matter if you’re new to planting, or you know your petunias from their peonies, we want you to join in and give it a grow. Together we can help make the local environment brighter, greener and cleaner for everyone to live, work and play.

How to Enter

  • Visit our stall at The Oval Bandstand & Lawns to sign up on our launch day on Sunday 17th April
  • Or complete the online registration form below
  • Or collect a competition flyer from the Little Library at the Gordon Road Community Garden, fill-in your details, and follow the postal instructions provided

Closing date for all entries is 6pm on Tuesday 5th July, 2022.

Competition Categories

Best Front Garden – The goal for this category is to find the display with the most impact – size is not a factor. The entry is for households only, the garden must be clearly visible from the roadside and the majority of plants must be planted in the ground.

Best Container Display – The winner of this category will have a display with the best use of planters, hanging baskets or window boxes. This is the most appropriate category for those who have limited space and not much ground to plant in.

Best Creative Display – Are you creative? Perhaps you want to build a sculpture and fill it with flowers. Have you got a dilapidated chest of drawers, a wheelbarrow, or even an old kitchen sink? Well why not give your DIY planter some TLC, maybe paint it, or cover it in mosaic tiles, fill it with soil, and get growing!

Best Street – You cannot sign up for this category as the winner will be judged solely on garden’s entered in the individual categories listed above. As the saying goes “you’ve got to be in it to win it”! The more people who sign up to individual categories the better chance your street will have of winning.

Best Community Garden – This category is for a garden that is looked after by residents, it can be a large area, a small area, or simply some flower beds, as long as it’s cared for by local people, we would love for it to be entered into the competition. After last year’s incredible response to the online people’s vote, the winner of this category will once again be chosen by residents! Anyone can nominate a community garden, as long as it’s located in Cliftonville West, it will be added to the online poll.

Best Commercial Display – The goal for this category is to find a local pub, hotel, restaurant, shop, business or organisation that is creating a great first impression with a beautiful display outside their premises. For the first time ever the winner of this category will be chosen by residents via an online poll, so please nominate your favourite commercial display and get voting!

Judging Criteria

Our judging panel will score entrants on:

  • Overall Design – colour, appropriate plants for situation, quality of plants, upkeep, and ‘WOW’ factor.
  • Wildlife – wildlife-friendly plants and features e.g. bird/insect boxes.
  • Recycling – compost bins, imaginative/practical use and re-use of materials.
  • Sustainability – water conservation/retention, use of permanent planting.


Gold, silver and bronze framed certificates will be awarded to the winners of each category!

Dates for Your Diary

  • Closing date for all entries is 6pm on Tuesday 5th July
  • Judging Day is Thursday 7th July
  • Prize-Giving day is Sunday 10th July


Your address must fall within Cliftonville West, please see map below for area covered.
Please read the category descriptions above and choose the one that most applies to your garden.
I have read and agree with the below terms and conditions of the competition and agree to receiving email updates from GRASS Cliftonville.

Terms and Conditions

  • All entries must fall within the ward of Cliftonville West (see map).
  • All entrants must complete the official online entry form.
  • Only one entry per household / business / organisation will be accepted.
  • Entries which consist mainly of artificial plants will be rejected.
  • Entrants gardens and floral displays will be photographed and used to promote the Cliftonville in Bloom event on social media and in the local press.
  • Names and addresses of winning entrants will be published online and in the the press.
  • Individuals will be invited to appear in photographs on prize-giving day and this is a requirement for competition entry.
  • The judges reserve the right to change a entrants category should they feel the garden is better suited to another category (i.e. best garden to best container display).
  • No correspondence will be entered into, and the judges’ decision will be final.


Do you want to help make Cliftonville in Bloom bigger and better for 2022?

By donating a small amount, it will help GRASS to grow the Cliftonville in Bloom event and secure its future for the benefit of all residents.

To donate, please click the PayPal secure donation button below, all donations are welcome.