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Tallest Sunflower Competition 2016

Growing the tallest sunflower is an art that takes a lot of hard work, but all that care and attention is worth it when these giants tower over our gardens. This year we received some amazing entries and pictures of some very tall sunflowers.

Whilst we didn’t quite reach the dizzying heights of the world record, which stands at an incredible 9.17 metres, we did receive a very high standard of entries that grew to some very respectable heights. A big thank you to everyone that entered and made this years competition a success.

Tallest Sunflower

This years tallest sunflower, grown by Valerie Briggs in Dorset, grew to a neck aching 4.60 metres. Competition was very close and there wasn’t much to separate the entries. Ultimately it was Valerie’s sky piercing sunflower that stood tallest to win her the height of her sunflower in £1 coins, totalling a cool £1,417!

Sunflower Gallery

Scroll through the gallery below to see all of this years entries.


Carrie-Ann Emslie

Carrie-Ann’s sunflower measured 2.95 metres.


Sandra Rainsford

Sandra’s sunflower came in at 2.85 metres.


Mike Harradence

Last years winner, Mikes sunflower measured an impressive 3.35 metres but unfortunately wasn’t tall enough to retain the title.


Jude Sellers

A huge sunflower head!



Jude Sellers

Jude’s sunflowwer measured 3.25 metres.


Geoff Stevenson

A great effort from Geoff whose towering specimen narrowly missed out on being the tallest measuring 4.40 metres.


Diane Newman

Standing proud, Diane sunflower measured 2.75 metres.


Geoffrey Morriss



Geoffrey Morriss

3 in a row, Geoffrey’s tallest measured 3.30 metres


Derek Bull

Derek’s sunflower measured 3.90 metres.


Conor Daunt



Conor Daunt



Conor Daunt

The tallest of Connor’s sunflowers measured 2.70 metres.


Conor Daunt

Hiding amongst the sunflowers.


Valerie Briggs

This years winner, grown by Valerie, measured an impressive 4.60 metres


If you grow sunflowers and want to try your hand at growing the tallest, look out for next years competition.

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