RHS Tatton Show Garden
Our 'back to back' garden at RHS Tatton Show won Gold and 'Best in Show'. It also gave Chris his 15 minutes or should that be 15 seconds of fame on the BBC1, 'Gardeners World' programme.
'The Contemplative Garden' was designed to give an air of peace and tranquillity, something we all need at the end of a hard day. A garden can be a place to escape to for peace and quiet and to recharge the batteries. This garden took months in the planning, a week to build and a day to dismantle. The landscaping was carried out by Paperbark and Thorner Landscapes and the paving was kindly donated by Lapicida.
The plan for The Contemplative Garden
The sketch for the judges illustrates the garden
View of the built garden during the show
The start of the garden build on a bare field
Racing to build the garden in a heatwave
The final garden polished and ready for judging
Stainless steel water sculpture
Concrete balls painted to look rusted
The backdrop wall of pebbles
Shocking purple of Campanula and formal box ball
Soft blue Agapanthus against stainless steel
The bees loved the Angelica