There was special praise from the Beautiful Scotland judges who said: “Blairgowrie and Rattray in Bloom is a very proactive group who act as a catalyst as well as being very active themselves in improving and maintaining the overall local environment.
“The way they work is to be commended and their commitment hands on and otherwise is palpable.”
In her welcome Helen McCann, thanked all individuals, business people and Perth and Kinross Council staff who had helped make the town look its best for the judges on both days.
But she said the success of Blair in Bloom was due to the hard work of volunteers and more would be welcomed.
Awards were handed over by Councillor Caroline Shiers, who said she was delighted to take the opportunity to publicly thank Helen McCann and all the team at Blair in Bloom for making the town so proud in this year’s national awards.
“What they have achieved, given the limited number of volunteers they have, and the weather, has been outstanding.
“As a councillor there is always a degree of competition between us to see which communities can do best in the national awards and I am so proud that Blairgowrie and Rattray can now follow on behind the likes of Pitlochry in the Britain in Bloom competitions.
“As a town we need to really sell ourselves well. There is a lot going for Blairgowrie and Rattray but we need to be a bit better at selling ourselves.
“I hope that as we run up to the Britain in Bloom competitions next year more people in the community will get involved in ensuring the town looks even better than it did in 2012.”
Best garden - 1 Margaret Anton, Dunkeld Road; 2 Tom Caldow, South Street, Rattray; 3 M and V Blair, McLaren Park. Private containers not on public view - 1 William Simpson, Bankhead; 2 Margaret Anton; 3 Tom Caldow. Private containers on public view - 1 Margaret Anton; 2 Tom Caldow; 3 William Simpson. Best vegetable garden - 1 J and L Mowat, High Street, Rattray; 2 Tom Caldow. Best hanging basket - 1 Tom Caldow; 2 Margaret Anton; 3 F Wooler, Paterson Drive. Best summer bedding in a small garden - 1 Margaret Anton; 2 Tom Caldow; 3 A Stewart, South Castle Street. Best business premises - Blairgowrie Bowling Green. Establishment providing tourist accommodation - 1 Blairgowrie Caravan Park; 2 Gilmore House, Perth Road. Garden feature (judges’ choice) - M and V Blair, McLaren Park, for sustainable planting. Photograph, adult - 1 Steve Gibas; 2 Rob Robertson; 3 Fiona Ainslie; junior - 1 Zoe Ainslie. Sunflower - 1 Fergus McQueen; 2 Andrew McDonald; 3 David McDonald, 4 Daniel McDonald.