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Best Show Garden

Posted by Jean Vernon on 22 Jul 2009 at 12:21 PM

 For the second year in a row Chris Beardshaw has designed a garden that has been awarded the best garden in its category.

The Ness Botanische, Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction under the microscope is a bespoke garden designed for Ness Botanic Gardens.

A special presentation was made to Chris Beardshaw by the RHS president Giles Coode-Adams. Despite the pouring rain Chris told the waiting crowd: "It's a wonderful privilege to have the opportunity to create a garden not just at the Tatton Park Flower show, which is a beautiful show, but in a beautiful county, where the amount of really high quality gardens is really extraordinary. I truly believe it is unrivalled in any other county in Britain, though I am sure other counties would claim otherwise, but I think there is something very special about gardens here. And it is so easy to produce a beautiful display here, I feel slightly guilty that so many people are waxing lyrical about it because the weather has been absolutely perfect. It's warm and wet and the plants have absolutely loved it, we've hated it but they have loved it. Its slightly unusual for a garden to be designed for Ness and then brought to the show and showcased at an RHS show. It's a wonderful opportunity and demonstrates the way perhaps shows can move in the future, so that each show garden has a specific function, rather than just being aesthetically rewarding it has a function beyond the public viewing, at an RHS Show. It's wonderful to create a garden that children can engage with and it's wonderful to create a garden that people fall in love with."   

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