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FROM: Weekend, 1 September 2018

Gardening — Monty Don

The patio paved with gold!

Andy Spray with cockapoo Seren

This lush and lovely outdoor haven with crisp, clean lines and a resident cockapoo has won the £5,000 first prize in Weekend’s inaugural patio competition

When Andy Spray saw that Weekend magazine was running a competition to find Britain’s most beautiful patio garden, he wondered if there was any point entering. ‘I don’t have any window boxes or hanging baskets and there isn’t a single pelargonium, petunia, busy lizzie or fuchsia to be seen here,’ he says. ‘I thought, perhaps my patio is just too unconventional for this kind of competition.’