Prize for green-fingered widower in Swanley In Bloom

PUBLISHED: 10:20 11 August 2011

John Foster with his award winning lilies

John Foster with his award winning lilies


A gardener has won a special award for his lilies – grown in honour of his late wife – after 14 years of trying.

John Foster, 83, of Strawberryfields, Swanley, was given the Prettiest Flowers prize for his Stargazers as part of the Swanley In Bloom competition.

He said: “It is the second year they have come up so well. I have never taken them out of the pot and they came back again even better. It is my wife Joan’s special flower. When she left me three years ago I wanted to carry on growing them. After 54 years of marriage it become habit.”

Liz Davies, In Bloom organiser said: “Mr Foster has entered every year and always done well, but never taken the top prize. We are delighted for him.”

Judging was carried out over the past two weeks and winners will be awarded their prizes next month. at a ceremony on September 12.

Other winners were:

Jean Carter of Hibbs Close, Best Front Garden

Mr & Mrs Hutson of Crescent Gardens, Swanley, Best Back Garden

Brenda Kendrick of Walnut Way, Swanley, Best Hanging Basket or Window Box

The Premier Inn Swanley and Bull Beefeater Grill, Best Business

St Mary’s Primary School of Swanley, Best School

Boule Court at Swanley Village Green, Best Community Initiative

1-4 Prospect Row, Swanley Village, Best Residential Area

Jennie Drew of Highlands Hill, Swanley Village, Best New Entrant

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