My first show garden received a Platinum medal and Best Construction award so I couldn't be happier! Some people weren't sure where the platinum medal sits, it is above a Gold medal, so pretty happy with my first attempt at designing a show garden!!
After months of planning and a 15 day build in heavy rain we couldn't stop smiling and were all so proud of what we achieved.
Here I am clutching our Platinum award with the Design It Landscapes build team. Dan Ryan lead his team to create a stunning finish which the judges rated the Best Construction, hence the golden shovel trophy!!
The show opened on Thursday 13th June and ran until the 16th and even the continual heavy rain couldn't deter visitors. As we talked through the space many people exclaimed "oh I thought it reminded me of The High Line!" as they read about the garden's inspiration, so that was very pleasing to have successfully created a garden so clearly inspired by New York's elevated public park.
I had the pleasure of talking to the legendary Monty Don just before he was interviewed in the show garden. He said he loved the garden and particularly the restraint of the planting, the fact I hadn't tried to cram too many varieties or colour into the scheme. He also said it was his favourite garden at the show, which was good enough for me! I think I shall cherish that comment forever.