A wildlife-friendly front garden, a post-pandemic working from home back garden, and a garden dedicated to those suffering from long Covid were among the winners at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2022.
10 medals were awarded in the Gardens category at RHS Tatton, with designs providing visitors with plenty of practical, take-home ideas. There were three non-judged Feature Gardens at Tatton this year: the RHS and BBC North West Community Urban Garden designed Bea Tann; BBC Radio 2 and The One Show’s Sow Grow and Show Garden designed Joe Swift; and The Vitamin G Garden designed by Alan Williams with Jo Whiley, the latter of which was also on display at RHS Hampton earlier this month.
New for 2022 was the Greener Front Gardens category, with inventive schemes for adding colour and style to the smallest of plots. The BBC Radio Gardens (non-judged), Tatton Garden, and Young Designer Gardens rounded off the categories. Take a look at the gardens up close below.
• The Cotton Traders Greener Future Garden
The Cotton Traders Greener Future Garden won the 2022 Best Garden award and the Best Construction for a Garden trophy. Designed by Manchester-based Lynn Cordall, who re-trained as a garden designer after a career in fashion, the city centre garden was imagined as a space for a retiring couple who enjoy the countryside.
Planting attracts wildlife into the urban dwelling all year round and the garden also featured sustainable solutions, such as permeable surfaces to help with water run-off during heavy downpours, and a rain chain that flows into a small pond, providing watering to the adjacent planting beds.
• Working From Home Garden
The Young Designer award supports entrants aged under 28 starting their professional careers in garden design. Will Scholey, a 26-year old horticulture graduate, won this award for his Working from Home Garden. He was inspired to create the work-focused outdoor space following the trend for home working during the pandemic. The plot offers a perfect WFH environment, with an inspiring, tranquil and carbon-negative ‘commute’ to work.
The garden path leads to a garden pod office, providing a luxurious work space that looks out on to the naturalistic planting, ensuring an inspiring working environment.
•The Covid Recovery Garden
Winning the People’s Choice Best Young Designer Garden was The Covid Recovery Garden designed by Rachel Platt. The concept was to give those suffering from long Covid an accessible, restorative space. Central to the design was a large transparent arbour, and a multi-stem tree with public messages of support and remembrance hanging from its branches.
• Petrus Community: Journey Home
In partnership with homelessness charity, Petrus Community, the Petrus Community: Journey Home garden, designed by Rachael Bennion, was awarded the People’s Choice Best Garden.
The front garden, with soft, billowing planting and a low wooden fence, focuses on reconnecting with nature and the activities that support health and wellbeing. Key considerations included green corridors, use of materials, and the physical ways we can live more sustainably.
• W-E the Border
Queenie Chan’s Best Greener Border garden, W-E the Border, brought together West and East influences. The designer’s heritage combines oriental simplicity with western poetic romance with a carefree and tranquil atmosphere created through colour, texture and plant compositions.
• Grown That Way: Green for Me
Meanwhile, the Best Greener Community Border went to Kenny Raybould, Grown That Way: Green for Me, which celebrated lawn alternatives and the wonders of green foliage plants, using sagina moss as an alternative to grass.
Why Commute, designed by Pip Probert (Tatton Garden)
The Cotton Traders Greener Future Garden, designed by Lynn Cordall (Greener Front Gardens)
The Covid Recovery Garden, designed by Rachel Platt (Young Designer Gardens)
The Working From Home Garden, designed by Will Scholey (Young Designer Gardens)
Petrus Community: Journey Home, designed by Rachael Bennion, in partnership with service users and volunteers at homelessness charity Petrus Community (Greener Front Gardens)
Come Lime With Me, designed by Emma Tipping (Young Designer Gardens)
Paradise Found, designed by Tom Clarke (Young Designer Gardens)
Slow Down, Breathe Deep, designed by Alex Pettitt (Young Designer Gardens)
Could Car Less, designed by Christine Leung with the Taking Root in Bootle Community Growers (Greener Front Gardens)
Paradise Retained, designed by Julie Dunn (Greener Front Gardens).
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