Gardeners’ World Live

Winners of the public vote in the NS&I Growing Gardens Today competition 2009, and Awarded an RHS Bronze Flora medal at the Gardeners’ World Live Show 2009.

“Everything in the Garden”

The theme of this competition is Growing Gardens Today to include vegetables, fruit, herbs, modernity and sustainability. This garden is a practical space and one in which to relax and enjoy the flowers, nature and the fruit and vegetables. Plants have been selected to attract insects – for example bees to the lavender, which will in turn pollinate the plants. There’s a pond to attract wildlife, with a cobble beach edge to allow birds and animals to drink and bathe. The style is relaxed and makes use of the limited space available.

There is an arbour and extended arch creating room for a table and chairs – a place to sit and relax. The structure provides climbing supports for the flowering plants and for climbing vegetables, increasing the growing space and providing height for interest. There are two gabion baskets, again increasing the growing area, and two raised timber containers, one for potatoes and the other for compost.

The fences are made using framed willow panels. The paving gives the impression of a traditional brick path with dog-toothed edging, with a brick circle feature and a gravel path. A rainwater harvesting system under the path has a traditional hand pump to draw the water. Fruit is trained on wires on fences and two stepover apples are productive and practical. The planting is intended to create a haven to relax in as well as providing food for the table.