Photos below of the ‘Best in Show’ Garden at Gardening Scotland taken last year suggest Garden Shows are just for Gardeners. However, just as there is variety in blooms at a show there is also a variety of exhibitors. There are often play areas for children too so they can be a family day out.
However, from experience, if you are a gardener going armed with a notebook, camera and children it’s good to have another adult with you to reduce restlessness in the troops 😉
Looking back to images from a visit to Gardening Scotland 2009 you can see there are some fun things to catch the attention of people of all ages. However, for the gardener that is going for inspiration there is much to be found at a Garden Show.
‘Reinforcing Nature’ was the Gardening Scotland 2011 Gold Medal & Best in Show. Carolyn Grohmann of Secret Gardens was the garden designer and it was built by Water Gems. I loved this garden. It was my favourite and getting close to take photos was a tad tricky. I could looked at this garden for ages. Let’s walk around it…
I loved the planting, use of materials, shapes, rhythm and that cave style seating area on water with wildflowers overhead. Oh yes… and I loved the structure going through the water too. Can you just imagine this with a sunset and the fire pit glowing… wonderful 🙂
Looking for information on this garden, a year on, my searching took me to Carolyn’s website:
“Sam Lowndes of Water Gems formulated the intricate and sensitive design of the garden last autumn. It then took five months to prepare the four and a half tonne Rebar structure which had to be craned onto an articulated lorry and escorted to the showground by police outriders.”
Like me, I’m sure other Gardeners will be very interested in more details of the planting companions:
“The use of a biodiverse wildflower matting in the garden was complimented by drifts of Stipa tenuifolia, Astrantia major Ruby, Ranunculus aconitum ‘Pleniflorus’ and Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’. Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’ combined with Carex buchananii, testacea and comans ‘Bronze’ to mimic the colours of the Rebar while one of the most popular borders of the garden contained a dreamy mix of Paeonia Claire de Lune, Sanguisorba and Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’. The excellent quality of the plants themselves was down to the skill and experience of fellow exhibitor, Billy Caruthers of Binny Plants, who supplied the plants.”
I’d like to add that Binny Plants really has a wonderful selection of plants if you are able to visit the nursery. It’s been a while since I’ve been there but I’ve nice memories of visits when my daughters were younger. Owner, Billy is very chatty and knowledgeable. Alternatively, you can also buy plants from Binny online.
“Carolyn explains, ‘I used the wildflower matting to problem-solve some of the trickier surfaces in the garden and then selected the cultivated plants to mimic the wildflower effect. Overall, though, it was the meticulous attention to detail and a true sense of team spirit which made this show garden so particularly special.’”
I’m looking forward to my visit to Gardening Scotland 2011 and wish you a good visit if you are going. You can find travel details here. I’m also looking forward to a particular Springwatch event at the weekend – this will be a first for me! Perhaps I should be giving this a mention now but all will be revealed – after the event 🙂
FINALLY, SOME GREAT NEWS FOR NON UK VISITORS THAT ENJOY BIRDS & NATURE 🙂
If you’d like to view like some live cams on nature here in the UK the cams on BBC Springwatch (that is running on BBC2 at present and for the next three weeks) you can. It appears that the tech guys have made it so! You’ll find a picture link at the top of my blog sidebar but if you are reading this from a reader then go here. The live cams run daily from 4am-Midnight UK time. Enjoy 🙂
Next time… some Springwatch from my garden 🙂
This post was written by Shirley for https://www.shirlsgardenwatch.co.uk/