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Members win big at RHS Hampton

B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden. Photo: The RHS


SGD Members have scooped top medals for their show gardens at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018


At the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Pre-Registered SGD Member Matthew Childs is celebrating having won a Gold, Best Show Garden and Best Construction for his show garden for B&Q, which promotes sustainability and celebrates a new disease-resistant form of busy Lizzies - absent from nursery shelves for six years due to the devastating effects of Impatiens downy mildew.

In the main Show Garden category, Rosemary Coldstream MSGD also won a Gold medal for her show garden ‘Best of Both Worlds’, which was constructed as part of BALI’s GoLandscape programme. Her design is meant for a couple, and so is split into two halves, with one side celebrating a traditional garden design and the other half conveying a more contemporary look.


‘Best of Both Worlds’ Garden. Photo: The RHSS


Anna Benn MSGD and non-member Hannah Gardner received a Silver medal for their garden celebrating the famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Before training as a garden designer, Benn was a publisher and author writing about Russia. She is also the Anton Chekhov Foundation’s Director of Garden Projects. Russian medicine and culture is illustrated by the medicinal plants in the garden, including buckwheat.


Anton Chekhov's Garden. Photo: The RHS


Elsewhere, Pre-Registered Member Alexandra Noble was commissioned by the RHS to create a Health & Wellbeing garden as part of the new Lifestyle Gardens category. This category comprises four gardens, including Noble’s, created by up-and-coming female designers. Her garden features a circuitous path, a Corten steel rill and a circular water feature with pastel-hued planting.


The Health & Wellbeing Garden. Photo: The RHS


Student Members Lucy Glover and Jacqueline Poll won a Silver for the ‘Secured By Design’ show garden for the Metropolitan Police. The pair included safety features, such as an alarmed shed padlock and low-voltage lighting to show visitors how to deter intruders. The planting is inspired by Trentham Gardens, with the columnar trees and Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ providing evergreen interest.


‘Secured By Design’ show garden. Photo: The RHS


In the Conceptual Category, Pre-Registered Member Pollyanna Wilkinson received a Silver-Gilt medal for the ‘A Very Modern Problem’ garden. Her split garden design highlights the unattainable standards that social media represents, with seemingly innocent pictures leading to feelings of inadequacy and despair. Planting is used to differentiate the two sides, with a large swing signifying the positive and negative effects of social media.


‘A Very Modern Problem’ garden. Photo: The RHS


Pre-Registered Member Sadie Stowell created two designs in the World Gardens category for Brand USA. ‘The Charleston & South Carolina Garden’ won Silver-Gilt and ‘The Oregon Garden’ won Bronze. The first represents a magical journey through Charleston’s hidden gardens and showcases the sub-tropical plants found there. The second design takes its inspiration from Oregon’s beautiful gardens, landscape and rich heritage of fruit and timber production.


‘The Charleston & South Carolina Garden’. Photo: The RHS


Ann-Marie Powell MSGD created a non-judged feature garden for TV’s Countryfile to celebrate the programme’s 30th anniversary. Designed to reconnect visitors with nature, The BBC Countryfile Wildlife Garden presents the varied and beautiful British landscape and shows people how they can support wildlife in their own gardens.


The BBC Countryfile Garden. Photo: The RHS


Find out more about the show and gardens at www.rhs.org.uk