I Am Because Of Who We Are
I found myself returning to take photos of this garden many times during the two days that I was at the Show, and that says something about it’s star quality.
I featured it on the blog on Sunday before the medals were announced so I’m not surprised that it was given the Tudor Rose Award for the best show garden.
It appears to have a restrained simplicity, but is actually a rather sophisticated design.
Interlocking circular shapes are repeated through the garden in the form of shrubs and rusted steel on a grid of rusted steel lines through the grass, that tie it all together.
Few plant colours are used, mainly green and white, with subtle shades of burnished-rust colours in the large leaves of the Rodgersia podophylla ( in the photo above), the Digitalis ferruginea ( in the foreground of the photo at the top) and the bark of the trees ( Betula albosinensis Fascination) repeating the rusty colour theme through the garden.
I loved the texture of the metal and tree bark, the wispy movement of grasses and shadows contrasting with the strong shapes of the structural planting.
But what makes it a winner?
- A simple yet sophisticated design, it’s tempting to cram lots into a show garden and challenging to use restraint!
- Beautiful, thoughtful planting.
- They obviously met the Brief, a statement of their intent when they submitted their design. An important document for all designers, so that the finished result fulfills their promise.
Did you visit the Show, what was your favourite garden?
I’ve got lots of photos to share ……………….. more tomorrow!