Escape to the City, Tony Woods
Whilst the judges were left considering their verdict, I had some spare time to finally explore what everyone else had been up to over the last couple of weeks...here are some of my favourites:Edible planting in Escape to the City
Escape to the City, designed by Tony Woods is my kind of garden. Somewhere to explore, stunning planting and plenty of it, edible crops, beautiful materials and a thought for nature in the small holes left in the stone walls. The planting was very thoughtfully executed, changing tones as you traveled through the garden both smoothly and effectively. It was a well deserved Gold and winner of the Young Designer of the Year category.Alzheimer's Society Remember to Reflect
The second garden that caught my eye was the Alzheimer's Society 'Remember to Reflect' Garden, designed by Louise Harrison-Holland. The patiently-constructed stonework bench and the precise straight lines bounded by beautiful informal planting also delivered a Gold. The mix of grasses and perennials was extremely effective and brought plenty of movement into what could have been a very static geometric design.Splash, Phillippa Probert
The planting in Phillippa Probert's Splash garden was superb. Combining tones of yellow, white, blue and purple can be tricky, but Phillippa achieved a graceful and striking look, and was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal. The hot July no doubt attracted many envious eyes to this garden wishing they could dip a toe into the inviting water!The stargazers Retreat, Mike Russell
Conceptual gardens are always a bit of a mixed bag for me. I am firstly a plants woman and a gardener, and often conceptual gardens leave me feeling a bit like I'm not really looking at a garden but at an art installation. However, the Star Gazer's Retreat managed to be both a 'themed' garden and a garden at the same time. The circle of birch trees which surrounded the retreat cocooned the garden in woodland, complete with wild grasses. It was magically done, earning itself a Gold.
One of my favourite areas of the show was the Great British Allotment and Schools section in the Feast Zone. Probably because I do work with young children and community groups, I find it so exciting when all of the children get involved in growing. It is so important that children have opportunities to experience growing when they are young, and so important that communities are allowed space for allotments - keep up the good work!
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