Design a Secret Garden Competition

Unlock your imagination with our new partnership to celebrate the release of The Secret Garden, a Sky Original (in cinemas and on Sky Cinema 23 October 2020).

To celebrate the release of the Sky Original film, The Secret Garden, available on Sky Cinema now, we held a garden design competition in 2020.

We asked young people to imagine they have discovered the gates to a hidden, secret garden and to let us know what it looks like.

And the winner is…Tom, age 9 from Southampton!

Congratulations, Tom, and thank you to everyone who entered the competition.

The judging panel, including Dixie Egerickx who plays the lead role as Mary in the film, were blown away by Tom’s design.

They said, “We loved how this entrant included lots of different ideas in their 3D garden design from inviting animals/insects in, to thinking about how the space could have a calming affect for children who were feeling sad, and creating areas for learning outside of the classroom.

“We were impressed by how they have thought about making the garden accessible by including a path for wheelchair access. We thought it was a great idea to include raised beds that could be used as a kitchen garden, as the produce can be shared by the children in future. This design touches on various themes from the Secret Garden movie including providing a safe space to grow and learn.”

Elements of Tom’s garden design will be brought to life at his school – look out for a future story on this!


Our very special panel of judges, including Dixie Egerickx, chose their favourite garden based on the design and reasons behind it. The winner will have the chance to see their garden, or elements of it, brought to life either in their school or in their community.

The winner and runners up will each win movie goody bags, which include a copy of ‘The Secret Garden: The Story of the Movie’ book, provided by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Plus, one lucky competition entrant will win 100 copies of ‘The Secret Garden: The Story of the Movie’ book for their school. Please note, this prize draw is seperate to the main competition. 

Terms & Conditions and Privacy

Click here to read the full terms and conditions for this competition.

Entrants, parents and guardians should be aware that the information submitted (name, age, school/group etc.) of the winner and five runners up will be retained by the RHS permanently for purposes of archiving in the public interest. The data will be used in RHS and Campaign for School Gardening communications, as well as our partner Sky's communications in connection with the competition. It is the responsibility of the adult applicant to ensure the young person entering the competition is not subject to child protection or safeguarding restrictions. For those young people not selected as the winner or a runner up, their personal data will be deleted within 30 days of the announcement of the competition results.

Please read our full Privacy Policy for how we process personal data and your rights under DPA 2018 on the main RHS website here.


The competition is now closed!

Clambering through the overgrown trees and bushes, you come across a set of tall glistening gates. You put your hand into your pocket and pull out the heavy iron key you found hidden in some rocks. Could it be?...

You carefully place the key inside the lock and turn… *click*

Buzzing with excitement, you push the heavy gates and with a loud creak they slowly open.

You step through the gates and gasp at the view of your secret garden…


Deadline for entries: Thursday 19 November 2020

Please ensure you've read our Ts & Cs and Privacy Policy before entering.

Activity Sheets

Take young people on a magical journey with our exclusive activity sheets, free to download and print:

About The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden, a Sky Original, tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a 10-year-old girl sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth), under the watchful eye of Mrs. Medlock (Julie Walters) with only the household maid, Martha (Isis Davis) for company. The film is set in 1940s England at Misselthwaite Manor, a remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors.

Mary begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after chancing upon her cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), who has been shut away unwell in a wing of the house. Whilst exploring the grounds of the Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a wonderous garden and meets a local boy Dickon (Amir Wilson) who helps her fix stray dog Hector’s injured leg using the garden’s magic. The three children adventure deep into the mysteries of the garden – a magical place that will change their lives forever.

The Secret Garden, a Sky Original, will be released in cinemas and on Sky Cinema October 23. 


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