THE JOURNAL FOR THE SOCIETY OF GARDEN DESIGNERS

Show garden champions at RHS Hampton Court

Zoflora Garden: Helen Elks-Smith MSGD and her team won Gold and Best Construction Award for her Yorkshire-inspired Zoflora Garden. Photo: John Campbell


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. 


Bowel Disease Garden: Andrew Fisher Tomlin MSGD and Dan Bowyer MSGD won Gold and Best Summer Garden for The Bowel Disease UK Garden for Crohn's Disease. Photo: John Campbell


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.


Tom Massey and John Ward enclosed their Gold winning garden in metal fencing to represent the migrant crises. Their garden also won Best Conceptual Garden. Photo: John Campbell


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.


This black whirlpool formed the centre of Arit Anderson’s Gold winning Conceptual Garden. Photo: John Campbell


Amanda Waring and Lauren Arison received Gold for their Summer Garden, CCLA: A Summer Retreat. Photo: John Campbell


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. 


Jade Goto’s Silver gilt winning show garden, Crabtree & Evelyn: The Botanical Studio. Photo: John Campbell


Martin Royer won Silver Gilt for his Final 5: Retreat Garden Summer Garden. Photo: John Campbell


Rae Wilkinson won Silver Gilt for her The Abbeyfield Society: A Breath of Fresh Air Summer garden. Photo: John Campbell


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.


Antonia Young’s Bronze winning show garden, Cancer Research UK's Life Garden. Photo: John Campbell


Katerina Rafaj won Bronze for her ‘Peacemaker’ garden. Photo: John Campbell