Gold Medal Winner for 'Brownfield Metamorphosis' sponsored by St. Modwen properties PLC and supporting UCARE Cancer Research
Brownfield Metamorphosis scooped gold at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The garden aimed to highlight the beauty of Britain's brownfield sites by taking an abstract look at regeneration and the ability of informed landscape design and nature to transform open spaces.
Inspired by international regeneration projects including the Landschaft Park, Duisburg in Germany and the famous High Line in New York as well as projects closewr to home such as the regeneration of the former MG Rover site at Longbridge in Birmingham.
The garden recreated the moment in time as such spaces transition from dereliction to the new communities of the future. Featuring urban art references from renowned street artist Louis Masai and steel sculpture loaned by sculptor Simon Probyn and also The Pot Company.
Recycled aggregates made up the landscaping area with pockets of planting emulated the many species that might be found on such sites including Birch trees, Buddleja, ferns, grasses, perennials and self-seeding annuals.
Read more about Brownfield Metamorphosis and watch Martyn's interview on BBC Gardener's World with Monty Don in our Portfolio section
RHS People’s Choice and Bronze Medal Winner medal for the ‘Time is a Healer’ supporting the Primrose Hospice.
Time is a Healer provides a space for counselling the bereaved with a focus on children losing a loved one. The garden is designed to build awareness of the work of Primrose Hospice and the many support services they offer to the community.
It was a pleasure to build the show garden for the hospice and to promote their fantastic work. It was a complete shock and great honour to receive our RHS People's Choice Award from Alan Titchmarsh.
The planting explores the changing emotions of bereavement from periods of depression represented by dark foliage and flowers, moving to a mixed palette of colours representing confused emotions. Finally, a calming palette of greens and whites for those who reach peace and acceptance. Hedging and trees offer a sense of enclosure.
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RHS Silver-Gilt medal for the ‘The Bees Knees’ supporting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
The Bees Knees garden is designed for a Bee Keeper and was inspired by the plight of Britain’s bees and other pollinators. Taking inspiration from the hexagonal geometry of honeycomb the garden included native hedging, fruit trees, perennials and wild flowers, all chosen for their attraction and benefit to bees and pollinators.
A beautiful bee sculpture designed and created from recycled materials provided a centerpiece to the show garden.
The garden received excellent coverage on BBC Gardener's World and lovely praise from presenter Monty Don. We were also very excited to welcome the talented chef Raymond Blanc and presenter Greg Wallace onto the garden.
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RHS Silver medal for ‘The Journey’. A commemorative garden in support of The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
We were extremely privileged to welcome onto the garden HRH the Princess Royal who took a keen interest in the narrative and planting styles. The garden also welcomed personalities including the Chef Rachel Allen and helped to raise over £1,500 for charity.
The RAF Benevolent Fund was an obvious choice as a charity for Martyn. He retired from the RAF after serving for eight and a half years, both in Germany and during the Gulf War, as a Senior Aircraftsman. The Journey in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund’ is a garden based on a field of war. Martyn’s concept focused on creating a juxtaposition of two themes – reflection and conflict.
An ambitious and deliberately thought provoking space, delivered a bold and yet moving visual statement demonstrated the beauty that can be found in the most hostile of surroundings and habitats. A strong military theme ran throughout the design incorporating reds and whites that represent the blood and bandages of a wartime field hospital. The use of white also brought the theme of peace to the garden.
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