THE JOURNAL FOR THE SOCIETY OF GARDEN DESIGNERS

Top garden design events for late summer

Combermere Abbey gardens


Get out and about this season with top talks, garden visits, shows and seminars


Young talent will be celebrated once again at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park as the three finalists in the 2017 RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year competition battle it out for the coveted prize. This year the contestants are creating designs that fuse the garden and office. Anca Panait, 27, from Glasgow, is creating a working environment that connects a standard office with the outdoors to provide a space for observation and for privacy. The woodland planting of her ‘Prospect & Refuge’ garden offers enclosure and escape from the outside world.

London-based Jake Curley’s ‘Business & Pleasure’ garden is inspired by New York’s highline and the city’s rooftops. The 25-year-old is designing a functional office space within a natural setting, which aims to enhance creativity and happiness throughout the working day. The third finalist, Ula Maria Bujauskaite, 24, from Northampton has designed ‘Studio Unwired’, an outdoor take on hot-desking (below). The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park takes place on 19-23 July 2017; visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton for further details.

The estate at Combermere Abbey, which lies on the Cheshire-Shropshire border, is opening on selected Wednesdays this summer. It will be supporting various charities with the proceeds, including Cancer Research UK and local groups such as Attend, Friends of Whitchurch Hospital and The Wingate Centre. The gardens (above) will be open from 1-5pm on 26 July, 30 August and 27 September. www.combermereabbey.co.uk   


There are many more great events to enjoy throughout July and August, listed below:


23 JULY - LECTURE: WEST DEAN, SUSSEX

One-day lecture with James Basson MSGD and Helen Basson on how to create low maintenance dry gardens that mix contemporary designs with traditional skills.
www.westdean.org.uk 


29 JULY - CHRISTOPHER LLOYD LECTURE, SUSSEX

This year’s lecture will be given by Romke van der Kaa.
www.greatdixter.co.uk


3 AUGUST - CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN TOUR

Join Nell Jones, acting head gardener, on a behind-the-scenes tour of the garden, exploring areas not usually open to the public.
www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk 


4-6 AUGUST - KEW SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2017

Kew’s world-leading scientists bring their latest work out into the gardens. See a hand-held DNA sequencer, discover microscopic gardens and identify exotic species. www.kew.org 


4-7 AUGUST - RHS HYDE HALL FLOWER SHOW

Combine a visit to the garden with the opportunity to buy a range of plants, garden sundries and ornaments.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall 


5-6 AUGUST - LEAMINGTON ART IN THE PARK

Over 100 artists will be exhibiting their work at Jephson Gardens, in the centre of Royal Leamington Spa.
www.artinpark.co.uk 


5-6 AUGUST - PTERIDOLOGICAL SOCIETY SHOW AT RHS WISLEY

Displays of tender and garden ferns; unusual plants for sale; free demos and tours of the Wisley collection.
www.rhs.org.uk/wisley 


8 AUGUST - LOGAN’S HEIGHT OF SUMMER TOUR

See the stunning display of water lilies, exotic cannas and dazzling dieramas at the Logan Botanic Garden in Scotland.
www.rbge.org.uk 


11-13 AUGUST - CHILLI FESTIVAL WEST DEAN

Live Latin music, cookery and gardening demos, and delicious chilli foods.
www.westdean.org.uk 


18-20 AUGUST - ROSEMOOR FLOWER SHOW

Cream teas and floral delights.
www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor 


18-21 AUGUST - SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW

Show gardens and talks by BBC gardening presenters Joe Swift MSGD and Christine Walkden.
www.southportflowershow.co.uk