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RHS Chatsworth Show Garden medal winners

IQ Quarry Garden
Last year's IQ Quarry Garden - designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, right, with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

IQ Quarry Garden’s double: Best In Show & Best Construction

The winner of the Best Show Garden at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is the IQ Quarry Garden, designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes.

In a double celebration, Gareth Wilson won the Best Construction Award for the contemporary garden, which takes its inspiration from the life cycle of a quarry coupled with Brutalism architecture.

The garden, sponsored by the Institute of Quarrying, is divided into sections so that bountiful floral and naturalistic planting contrast with the severe aspects of hard landscaping.

Brutalist architecture, in case you don’t know, is defined by the use of simple block-like forms usually made from cast concrete or brick – think the old Get Carter multi-storey car park in Gateshead, now thankfully deceased (I’m not a fan of Brutalism).

The garden uses a mixture of native, naturalised and simple garden plants to create a palette which is simplistic and natural in feel. The colour scheme is predominantly green, mauve, white and some pinks.

Where the medals went


Belmond Enchanted Gardens
The Wedgwood Garden – A Classic Re-imagined


Cruse Bereavement Care: A Time for Everything
Experience Peak District & Derbyshire Garden


Vergette Ltd: Moveable Feast


Jackie Knight’s Just Add Water
The Agriframes Garden

The show is sold out and runs until Sunday, at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP – visit www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chatsworth-flower-show for more information.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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