Yes: RHS eat your heart out. This is the one they’ve all been waiting for. It’s time for….
The Constant Gardener Awards Malvern 2011
More categories this year than last year, mainly because it was a really very good show and I kept coming across things I liked. So… without further ado…. let the ceremony begin!
Planting Scheme I’d Most Like to Take Home
The Parterre from Lady Alice’s Garden (Silver)
I particularly liked the way this one wasn’t fully enclosed: so the diamonds created little open planting pockets at the edges. The planting inside was lovely too in silver and mauve: aquilegia, lavender, sweet rocket, alchemilla and artemisia, with foxgloves at the back for height.
Sculpture of the Year
Avon Bulbs (gold)
Water Feature of the Year
Hedge of the Year
The Atomic Journey (Silver)
The Morgan Garden (Silver-gilt)
Actually I couldn’t make up my mind whether I liked this properly or not, but I think the combination of textures from the yew and box was interesting – and softening it with tiarella and verbena was a lovely touch.
Nickable Idea to Take Home
The Rain Garden (Silver)
This bug hotel, built into the end of a wall in Rhea Lyn Parkes’ garden, was super-smart and just goes to show that wildlife gardens don’t need to be hairy. Another Chris Beardshaw Scholarship hopeful (they should pay these people by the idea, you know).
The Shepherd’s Garden (Silver)
I felt a bit sorry for this garden, tucked away behind the Floral Marquee: and it had some nice little touches, such as these home made and rather charming plant labels (would have been better with full and correct names, mind you…).
Spurious Celebrity Photo of the Year
Bizarre Sight of the Year
This busy little pair were there for the rather lovely box gardens created by the Care Farms movement – of which, I hope, more later. They even had flowers painted on their backs….. awwww…..
Plant that Really Shouldn’t Exist
Bonkers Idea of the Year:
In Pursuit (of the Heart of the Matter) (Silver)
These caused terrible problems if you’re a journalist – I kept having to edit myself after writing ‘hairy balls’. They’re planted with turf and the occasional bit of wildflower – things like achillea and clover. And lettuce. Why lettuce? There is a serious point – something to do with the melding of science and nature – but actually, they’re just so wierd they’re good.