Show garden champions at RHS Hampton Court
There was an array of diverse designer spaces created for the world’s biggest flower show
Registered and Pre-Registered members of the Society of Garden Designer members were crowned champions at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this week, winning Gold medals and Best in Show accolades for their gardens.
The show has several categories for gardens, including Show, Summer, Conceptual, City, Water, World and a special Capability Brown section for this year's 300th aniversary celebrations. It was felt in general that the standard at the show was up on previous years.
Helen Elks-Smith MSGD won Gold and contractor Wycliffe Landscapes Ltd won Best Construction Award for the Zoflora: Outstanding Natural Beauty garden, a representation of Yorkshire, which featured a winding stream, stone features and naturalistic planting.
Andrew Fisher-Tomlin FSGD and Dan Bowyer MSGD won Gold and Best Summer Garden for their The Bowel Disease UK Garden for Crohn's Disease, a tree-fern-filled shady space with black boundaries and bright orange edging.
Elsewhere Pre-Registered Members Tom Massey and John Ward won Gold and Best Conceptual Garden for the UNHCR Border Control garden, which included barbed wire topped fences, metal turnstiles and a mix of native and non-native planting, to represent the migrant crisis.
Another Pre-Registered Member, Arit Anderson, also won Gold in the Conceptual category for the Near Future Garden, concerned with sustainability and climate change; and Amanda Waring and Lauren Arison received Gold for their Summer Garden, CCLA: A Summer Retreat.
Other Pre-Registered Members Jade Goto, Martin Royer and Rae Wilkinson won Silver Gilt medals for their gardens. Antonia Young and Katerina Rafaj were awarded Bronze.