I’ve written about the Watchmaker’s Garden, which has a family connection, here : https://bramblegarden.com/2019/06/14/bbc-gardeners-world-live/
The Watchmaker’s Garden by Alexandra Froggatt.
Here are some of the other show gardens I saw on preview day this week.
Onward and Upward
Designer: Andy Tudbury
Andy’s 10th Show garden for BBC Gardeners’ World Live highlights the benefits of horticultural therapy, pioneered by the charity HighGround. A pathway takes you through the edge of a birch stand and wild flower meadow area, past a sculpture by Simon Probyn. The journey represents hope, re-birth and a new beginning. The path then leads you “Onward and Upward” to the recovery and leisure areas. HighGround focuses on horticultural therapy as rehabilitation for injured service personnel. They are based at a new DNRC centre at Stanford Hall near Loughborough, Leicestershire.
We watched the filming with Joe Swift on Andy’s garden.
Sculpture by Simon Probyn during the build for Onward and Upward.
Andy Tudbury http://www.halcyondays.biz/
Canal & River Trust Garden- Making Life Better by Water
Designer: Chris Myers
Construction: Canal and River Trust volunteers
Inspired by ideas from trust volunteers David and Hilary Godbehere, lock keepers on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. The garden surrounds a central canal with a veg plot and flower garden alongside. The charity is dedicated to caring for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales.
Designer: Lucy Bravington
Contractor Dan Ryan of Design It Landscapes
Based on the elevated public park in New York where Lucy visited last year. Features Corten steel, industrial elements and naturalistic planting with three focal point trees, grasses and ferns.
A Glimpse of South East Asia
Designer: Robyn Brookes
Contractor Timotay Landscapes
Inspired by South East Asian adventures, the garden combines a tropical planting palette with a simple selection of natural hard landscaping materials. Antique silver paving, yellow paddle stones and Caledonian boulders contrast with charred timber. Water cascades into a shallow pool, creating a feeling of calm.
Oasis of Peace
Designer: Anna Pawlowska
Contractor: Morgan Oates
A space inspired by Moroccan and Mediterranean style. You can slip your shoes off and cool your feet in the rill on a hot summer’s day. Water encloses an island to create the feeling of a relaxing hideaway.
Gadd Brothers Garden Getaway
Designers : Dr Catherine Macdonald and Rhiannon Williams
Contractor: Gadd Brothers
Garden for a young professional couple who have recently had an extension to their period style home. It’s designed to suit a small linear garden which is accessed by simple sliding doors. Height comes from the multi-stem trees and wood and metal pergola. There’s a water feature and two seating areas.
Designer Mike Baldwin of Derby College
Mike designed the garden based on a combination of scripture and garden history. The four horses charging out of metal gates (Revelation and Versailles) flanked by an avenue of photinia Red Robin. The middle section of the garden was inspired by “In my father’s house are many rooms, ” (Hidcote and Sissinghurst-esqe).
The Macmillan Legacy Garden
Designer Martyn Wilson
Contractor: Big Fish Landscapes
Inspired by the gifts left in wills to Macmillan Cancer Support and celebrates the idea of leaving a legacy. These vital legacy donations make up over a third of its funding and help support people living with cancer. The “presents” in Martyn’s garden will each contain a different species of tree and symbolise gifts left in wills to Macmillan.
The Home Solutions by John Lewis Garden
Designer; Waitrose partner Shaun Beale
Contractor : Golden Gardens and the APL
Takes its inspiration from the beautiful gardens within the Leckford Estate and combines them with a contemporary functional, useable space. The John Lewis Home Solutions service aims to give customers access to a wide range of tradespeople, all of whom have the John Lewis seal of approval.
Designer: Toby Pritchard
Contractor : Creative Roots
Marshalls Symphony paving takes you from the house to the patio. Matching paving takes you along the rill and on to the hardwood decking. The planting features a variety of leaf shapes and sizes, suggesting a more exotic location than the British climate can always offer. Walling and charred timber create surrounding screens.
The Dahlia Garden
Designer Jon Wheatley
Contractor Stonebarn Landscapes
Below is a fruit, vegetable and flower garden. It was fascinating watching the filming. Although I didn’t stand and stare, as it must be hard enough to remember what to say without an audience watching! Needless to say, the plants in this garden are total perfection. An amazing array and such an achievement after a very difficult growing season.
BBC Gardeners’ World Live runs until June 16.