I own the UK’s BEST garden – here are my easy tips for transforming yours into paradise without spending a fortune

THE owner of the UK’s best garden has revealed his easy tips for transforming yours into paradise – without spending a fortune.

Matthew Symonds, from Bristol, has been crowned B&Q Gardener of the Year.

Matthew Symonds tends the UK's best garden


Matthew Symonds tends the UK’s best gardenCredit: Ben Stevens Photography
He won this year's Golden Trowel


He won this year’s Golden TrowelCredit: Tom Wren/PinPep

His 5.6m x 6.5m garden impressed a judging panel including TV star Fred Sirieix – landing him a £10,000 cash prize, a £2,500 B&Q voucher and the Golden Trowel trophy.

When Matthew moved into his home nearly 20 years ago, the space which would become his garden was just a concrete square overrun with weeds.

He transformed the yard with hydrangeas, hazel bamboo, and roses – as well as a potted lily floating on a water butt.

Matthew also built two “entertaining areas”, a greenhouse, a bike shed and a pond with a waterfall.

The tree-shaded, split-level garden is a sanctuary for local birds and wildlife all year round.

Now Matthew has revealed how you can also transform your garden into a corner of heaven.

He told Bristol World: “I hope that my garden can show people that gardening doesn’t require a large, sunny, open, green space.

“Instead, with some smart thinking and a lot of love, any space on any budget can become your own paradise.

“Working full time means most of my gardening is done at weekends, but it is never a chore.

“Tending to my plants is my escape from life’s stress and it allows me to immerse myself in my love of plants.”

It comes after a gardening expert said you can help your rose bush produce “enormous” flowers with a magic ingredient already in your kitchen.

Matthew was named top gardener by judges including Fred Sirieix


Matthew was named top gardener by judges including Fred SirieixCredit: Ben Stevens Photography
The garden includes a bike shed


The garden includes a bike shedCredit: Tom Wren/PinPep

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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