Calling all kids! Want to design the cover of The Garden?

For the August 2023 issue of the magazine, we ran a competition for creative and nature-loving kids – and there were prizes!

Cover competition winners revealed

Hundreds of children aged 12 and under got out their pens, pencils and paints to create fabulous covers on the theme of gardening. See all the entries and the three brilliant winners.

See the entries and winners >


About the 2023 competition

Children painting

** The competition is now closed **

To help celebrate the joy of a summer spent gardening with children, The Garden magazine launched its first ever Kids’ Cover Competition in early 2023.
The competition, open to all children 12 years and under, had the theme: Absolutely anything to do with gardening. 
The April cover of The Garden magazineThe winning designs will appear on the cover of the August 2023 issue of The Garden magazine (see entries and winners above)

Three judges selected the winners: Tom Howard, Editor of The Garden; Clare Matterson, RHS Director General; and Baroness Floella Benjamin, RHS Vice President and Ambassador, and former TV presenter.

On the launch of the competition the judges said:

“Many keen gardeners were introduced to the joy of it all at a young age,” says Tom. “And this is an amazing opportunity for the RHS to see what a child’s eye view of gardening looks like.”

“My earliest memories of gardening are from when I was five or six years old,” says Clare. “I cannot wait to be reminded of how magical gardening seems at that age.”

“Much of my career has been spent celebrating how wonderfully creative children can be when given the opportunity,” says Floella. “Both gardening and art make for happier and healthier people and childhood lasts a lifetime. So I’m smiling just thinking about the entries we’re going to receive.”

The deadline for entries was 10am on Friday 26 May 2023.

What the winner(s) will get:

  • A framed copy of the cover
  • A bundle of gardening goodies
  • Art supplies worth £100

Meet the judges

Tom Howard, Editor of The GardenClare Matterson, RHS Director GeneralBaroness Floella Benjamin, RHS Vice President and Ambassador

(Pictured: left to right – Tom Howard, Clare Matterson and Baroness Floella Benjamin)

** The competition is now closed **

What else should I know?

  • Deadline for entries was 10am, Friday 26 May 2023
  • All entries needed to include a name and age of the child, and the address, telephone or email contact of the parent or guardian
  • The winner(s) will be notified via the contact details they provide with their entry
  • The Garden can’t return posted artwork, but will print as many pictures as possible in the magazine and on the RHS website
Family arts and crafts

Privacy Notice

As this competition is for under 12s, a parent or guardian must enter on behalf of their child. The winner will be selected by a panel of three judges from the RHS. If your child’s design is selected as the winning design, we will contact you using the contact details provided to inform you of this and to ask you for an interview and a photo of the winner for The Garden magazine.

In the magazine we will publish the winning design with the first name and the town/city of the winner. On the RHS website we will publish as many entries as possible with the first name and the age of the entrant. Please let us know if you do not want your child’s first name to be printed by contacting [email protected]. The personal data of all entrants including the winner will be kept for a period of 140 days from the closing date and then deleted.

Please read our full RHS Privacy Policy to find out more about how we use your personal data and how to exercise your rights under the applicable data protection legislation.

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