At last! Show gardens to fix common garden problems
Three gardens from Yorkshire have been to chosen to challenge landscaper, Nicholas Fryer, to come up with show garden solutions to fix the problem plots.
The new Designed to Last gardens will focus on boggy soil, heavy clay and an exposed/dry aspect.
The designs are based on real gardens, tended by Susan Hibbert, from Scarcroft, near Leeds; Judy Preston, from Harrogate and Helen Plowman, from Filey.
Heavy clay soil
Judy moved to a new build a few months ago and was excitedly planning her garden until she discovered the soil was very heavy clay.
Susan uncovered what she now calls ‘Dingley Dell’ during a big tidy up at the bottom of her garden, and Helen’s seafront holiday home must withstand the full force of North Sea winds.
Show director Nick Smith said: “Show gardens are an incredibly popular feature but they are often designed for perfect growing conditions.
‘Practical solutions to stand the test of time’
“As we know, there are very few gardens with perfect soil, perfect drainage and a perfect aspect, so we wanted to showcase practical solutions with gardens that are designed to stand the test of time.”
Each of the gardeners will receive £300 worth of plants to help them get started on their new gardens after the show, which runs from April 26-29, at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.
Tickets: Thursday, Friday, Saturday £18.50 when booked before Tuesday, April 17, £21 on the gate; Sunday £16.50 in advance, £19 on the gate. Parking is free. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.