CGS Photographic Competition

The 2017 Cottage Garden Society Photographic Competition is now OPEN.

2019 Cottage Garden Society Photographic competition


Our winners for 2018 have been anounced at our A.G.M. & Garden Weekend.


A full list will be in the September\Autumn Magazine

A list and thumbnails of the winner's entries is coming to the site.

For Dates of the next competition, please check our Photographic Competition page .  


Good luck to everyone!   Patricia Foster, Chair.


Thu 14th Jan 2016, 09:49

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