This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Tatton Park Flower Show Garden Winners

Flower show gardens can be pure theatre, sometimes very silly, often unintelligible, but all are fun, and amongst all the friviolity and celebrity there are often exciting and innovative ideas that can be extracted and used in our own gardens. I have taken the 2006 Gold Medal award winning gardens at the Tatton Park Flower Show and presented them on the GardenMessenger web-site. This show is held annually under the direction of the Royal Horticultural Society in the north-west of England and produces some fascinating design ideas. An example of these gardens is Andy Kirman's Inside Out. The description of this garden, and the others, is by the designer, the photos from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Andy Kirman - Inside Out

Andy Kirman - Inside Out
Inside Out embraces the concept of using garden space as an additional room. It encompasses contemporary design solutions, while remaining practical and stylish. It also takes into account wildlife needs and recycling issues. The garden’s focal point is a superb elliptical table/water feature and seating. Freshly baked bread or pizza can be served from the hand-built earth oven, accompanied by salad and herbs from the borders. The black granite-style material used in the garden is made from environmentally friendly recycled coffee cups. It provides a lovely backdrop to the planting, which has been chosen to provide food and shelter for wildlife as well as visual interest, with colours ranging from oranges through to deep purples. A composter, space-saving water butt and wheely/recycling bins are all concealed within the design, and there is storage space beneath the flower beds. This means the garden is highly functional as well as stylish. In essence, the garden reflects the ethos of Kirman Design by showing how even a small space can be modern, practical and environmentally responsible.

To see all the Tatton Park Flower Show Gold Medal award winning gardens click here

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