SGD Members win Best Garden Awards at RHS Tatton
Top accolades and medals have been awarded at the flower show this week
Celebrations are in order for Members of the SGD after success at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park this week. The winner of the Best Back-to Back Garden and Best Construction, as well as a Gold Medal, was with ‘Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra’ in support of the Stroke Association, designed by Student Member Briony Doubleday. The garden is a small sheltered space with lush planting, a place for relatives of stroke survivors to step out of their clinical surroundings and find the strength to support their loved one. The garden uses architectural forms of tree ferns with foliage plants and flowering woodland plants in rusty and maroon hues, which echo the colours in the Corten steel features.
Student SGD Member Dave Green won Best Future Spaces Garden and a Silver-Gilt Medal with ‘The Oasis Garden’, which focuses on ways to tackle rising temperatures in urban areas. It provides a shady space for plants and people living in an urban apartment complex with a south-facing courtyard. Three large pyramid earth structures frame the garden entrance and absorb heat. Nestled behind each pyramid are green living walls and pockets of lush planting.
Pre-Registered Member Matt Haddon’s ‘A Place to Ponder’, one of the small Back-to-Back gardens, also won Silver-Gilt. Using a combination of traditional and modern materials, it is a calm haven where people can appreciate the new, while taking comfort in the old.
Two other Members were finalists in the RHS Young Designer of the Year Competition. Pre-Registered Member Eds Higgins, from Nottinghamshire, won a Silver Medal for ‘Finding [urban] Nature’, which celebrates the hidden charm of wasteland sites. Max Harriman, who works at Registered SGD Practice Bowles & Wyer, designed the Silver-Gilt winning ‘Calm in Chaos’ garden, to offers a space to escape the stresses of urban living. The garden is to be rebuilt after the show at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
The winner of the RHS Young Designer 2018 was Will Williams with ‘At One’, a contemporary design which shows how we can live alongside nature by incorporating homes for wildlife into our gardens. The garden also won a Gold Medal.
The Best Show Garden accolade went to Leon Davis, who won a Gold for his The JW Lees: From Hop to Glass Garden, which draws inspiration from the brewing industry. The garden is partially framed by slender glass shaped screens and features grasses that look like barley and wheat, interplanted with deep red and amber perennials. A rill runs between split rocks, framing the heart of the garden and sweeping curved feature bench.
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park runs until 22 July. www.rhs.org.uk