Gardeners in Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven are invited to show off their green-fingered skills by entering a national competition.

The annual Cardwell Gardenfest competition has launched, and is now open to customers of Cardwell Garden Centre across the west of Scotland.

Categories include: best hanging baskets; best planted containers; best junior gardener (16 or under); best overall garden; and best community garden (schools, churches and community groups).

Gardeners should enter three photographs per category and enter as many categories as desired.

Cardwell director Kieran Gallagher said: “There are extremely skilled gardeners and beautiful gardens to be seen in Dunbartonshire and many of these green-fingered gurus are customers at Cardwell.

“This is a great opportunity for gardeners to get some recognition for their hard work and the photographs sent in will be testament to just how well people’s gardens grow.

“We’re keen to have lots of young gardeners enter and we hope this will encourage them to get involved in gardening, which is very positive for our physical and mental health.

“We can’t wait to see the photographs of everyone’s garden.”

Entrants are asked to include address, email and phone contact details either along with their entry. The closing date is Saturday, August 13.

Photographs can be submitted to and each winner will receive £60 in vouchers.