Competition entries

Competition entries

As part of our winter appeal, we’re inviting you to take part in our special competition in collaboration with Grace Alexander Flowers.

And we’re delighted to be seeing all your special seasonal plants and floral traditions that bring you joy at this time of year and help make your house a home.

#GrowingHome #GardensWithoutBorders #WinterAppeal

Here are the amazing competition entries we’ve received so far…..

Want to get involved?

✨ Enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Grace Alexander’s beautiful book ‘Grow and Gather’. The competition is open until 20 January 2023. Find out more.

✨ Tell your friends and family about our competition and appeal to help spread the joy of gardens, plants and flowers, this winter.

Learn about our work and make a donation to our winter appeal.

Thank you.


“My mum-in-law always had cyclamens in her home at this time of year. So I now always buy one at Christmas to remember her and all the wonderful times we shared together. G often wore clothes in this cheerful crimson pink so this particular cyclamen is even more special this year.”


“I make this wreath every year from all the dried seed heads I’ve grown throughout the year in my garden. It’s like a visual record of the year’s growing. Then I add some copper lights, metal birds and ribbon.”


“Much maligned most of the year my common leylandii is the gift that keeps giving over Christmas! Look at the blousy wreath and mantle display! All foraged from the garden! There’s nothing I love more than creating something that’s lasts all December and doesn’t cost a penny! This year it’s also making the table festive!”


“Floral design is an occupational therapy I do for myself to reduce stress and to keep myself active in the sun in regular basis (*here in Jakarta). It is also for my elderly father at home; who rarely go outside due to covid-19 pandemic, financial limitation, and lack of social supporting network. I bring them fresh colors for health.

These are some of the design I make for Thanksgiving, and Christmas 2022.

I am thankful for being able to have the Christmas tree and be able to celebrate and keep the memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I KNOW that there are a lot people out there that is unable to celebrate Christmas and New Year because of war, health problems, poverty, other misfortune/ sufferings in life.

My love and greetings goes to everyone who is connected through The Lemon Tree Trust, and who is reading this message.”


“Here are two festive wreaths I made using materials foraged from my local area, my garden and neighbours’ gardens (with their permission!).”


“When the Christmas decorations are put away for another year and the house seems very bare I bring out the bulbs I planted last autumn. These fragrant irises are one of my favourites. Must also be loved where they grow in the wild when the snows melt – sign of Spring and warmer, brighter days to come 😀”


“I live close to the ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. The winter storms that continually blow in from the Pacific don’t stop my lovely witch hazel ‘jelena’ from bursting into colorful fragrant blooms starting in December. I planted it directly out of my kitchen sink window view. It always makes me smile.”


“I have attached a picture of a tree rather than a plant. It is a yew tree planted in Golden wood by someone from Papua New Guinea.
I like the idea of contacts being made around the world through trees and plants. Golden wood is a community woodland which used to be an agricultural field and now it is full of biodiversity. (The Yew tree is sometimes decorated with messages to express the loss of someone in the community.)
Trees and plants can be so uplifting, I like following what the Lemon tree trust do in northern Iraq as it looks so vibrant and positive.”

The Moore family

“Here is a picture of a pink geranium, it brings lots of happiness in cold January.”


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Thank you to illustrator Linda Combi for supporting Lemon Tree Trust again in 2024. Earlier this year, Linda held an exhibition, ‘52 Postcards on the theme of Oasis’, at the Pyramid Gallery in York, UK. Proceeds from gallery and online sales during this time have been divided between Lemon Tree Trust and the UNHCR. Featured … Continued

Meet Othman Qewas: Lemon Tree Trust’s valued team member and Gawilan camp resident Our gardening activities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are run for and by local displaced people – with Othman Qewas, our Garden Coordinator in Gawilan camp * – being one such person.  Othman is a valued member of the Lemon Tree … Continued