RHS Tatton Park: Young Designer 2017

Innovative designs fuse the garden and office

Studio Unwired Garden
Studio Unwired Garden in the Young Designer category by Ula Maria Bujauskaite. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

The new RHS Young Designer 2017, announced at Tatton Park, is Ula Maria Bujauskaite from Northampton with her winning garden Studio Unwired, which also won a gold medal.

The competition’s theme was inspired by our ever increasing working hours and three finalists were selected to design a Show Garden demonstrating what the fusion of garden and office means to them.

Ula, 24, designed a contemporary outdoor hot-desk office within an urban setting. Continue reading “RHS Tatton Park: Young Designer 2017”

Rain gardening to stop flooding

WWT Washington’s top tips on climate change gardening

My small pond edged with an area of bog garden (hence the huge Rodgersia) and surrounded with permeable gravel so it can overflow safely

We’ve seen extreme weather this week, with very high temperatures sparking torrential thunderstorms and flash flooding.

To help gardeners cope with the effects of climate change, WWT Washington Wetland Centre is encouraging us to try ‘rain gardening’.

It’s likely that our gardens will need to withstand more periods of drought and heavy rain and the centre’s new Working Wetland Garden, unveiled this week, is demonstrating how to manage these extremes. Continue reading “Rain gardening to stop flooding”

RHS Tatton Park 2017: award winners

How did your favourite gardens and exhibits do?

United Utilities Slow the Flow Garden
United Utilities Slow the Flow Garden by John Everiss Design Ltd & Francesca Murrell. Picture; RHS/Lee Beel

Here’s a rundown of the main awards in each category and I’m delighted to say my pick of the bunch, Cactus Direct: 2101, won two – Best Future Spaces Garden and Best Construction Award, so congratulations go to Michael McGarr.

Best Show Garden: United Utilities Slow the Flow Garden, designed by John Everiss Design Ltd and Francesca Murrell.

Best Back to Back Garden: Macmillan Legacy Garden, designed by Lara Behr. Continue reading “RHS Tatton Park 2017: award winners”

Hampton Court garden opens at Washington Wetland Centre

Working Wetlands Garden transforms into Washington Water Lab

WWT Working Wetlands Garden
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 WWT Working Wetlands Garden supported by the HSBC Water Programme by Jeni Cairns. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall

A garden that won a coveted gold medal and Best Show Garden at last year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has been transplanted to the Washington Wetland Centre.

Washington Water Lab is being unveiled today (July 19) at the centre’s site in Tyne and Wear.

It’s an inspiring outdoor classroom, themed around the water cycle, part of Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) aim to provide innovative learning experiences for children. Continue reading “Hampton Court garden opens at Washington Wetland Centre”

RHS Tatton Park: press day in photos

Pictures paint a thousand words when it comes to plants

Dig in North West: Preston Railway Free Buffet for Soldiers and Sailors Garden. The exhibit has been made by children, veterans, and people living with dementia, creating a scene from WW1. Pictured is Julia Sazon, 10, from Lea Community Primary School, Preston. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

There are some stunning show gardens at this year’s RHS Tatton, especially planting combinations and rather than have me rabbiting on about them, it’s best you see the pictures and make up your own mind.

My favourites are The Cactus Direct Garden – drought-tolerant plants, spikes, cacti, pines, rust – what’s not to love? Also in my top five is the Let ‘Em Grow Urban Retreat Garden – planting gone mad!

Also, you’ll find no celebrity pictures here – they get in the way of the plants. Many thanks to RHS photographer Mark Waugh, who must be lying in a darkened room by now! Continue reading “RHS Tatton Park: press day in photos”

RHS Tatton Park: urban gardening

Looking to the future of gardening in Cheshire

Cactus Direct 2101 - Future Spaces
Cactus Direct 2101 – Future Spaces. Picture; Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

It’s great to see the RHS getting behind the concept of urban gardening, highlighted at the society’s Flower Show Tatton Park, which runs from July 19-23.

Gardens will show how to green up grey spaces to help create happier, healthier and more sustainable cities.

The 2101 Garden by Wigan-based design team Warnes-McGarr in the Future Spaces category depicts a garden designed to cope with warmer air Continue reading “RHS Tatton Park: urban gardening”

Greenfingers garden at Keech Hospice Luton by Adam Frost

Gardeners’ World and acclaimed designer creates Courtyard Garden

Courtyard Garden
Artist’s impression of the new Courtyard Garden – a bright, bold and relaxing space for patients at Keech Hospice Care and their families. Picture; Greenfingers

Gardening charity Greenfingers opened its latest garden today (Monday, July 17), with the help of designer Adam Frost.

Adam has created the new Courtyard Garden at Keech Hospice Care, Luton with the support of Homebase.

This is the 53rd therapeutic and recreational garden built by Greenfingers in children’s hospices around the UK. Homebase has been donating the 5p carrier bag tax collected since October 2015 to the charity. Continue reading “Greenfingers garden at Keech Hospice Luton by Adam Frost”