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Phillippa Probert

Pip Probert Garden Designer - Outer Spaces Wirral

Young, talented and inspiring, Phillippa Probert is an RHS Gold medal-winning designer who has produced stunning gardens at Tatton Park, Gardeners World, Malvern & Chelsea since 2005.

  • Date Joined: 10 Apr 2008

Well That's It For This Year!

Posted by Pip Probert on 29 Jul 2008 at 06:10 PM

This year has been an amazing one for me!  Not only did I receive a Bronze Medal for my first Urban Garden at Chelsea.  But I built my biggest and best (if I say so myself) garden at Tatton Park.

I think that it is safe to say I bit off a little more than I could chew by attempting to build two gardens at Tatton this year.  Sadly the little Back to Back Garden - Time Out was renamed as... 'The Neglected One!'  The plants I had arranged for the small garden sadly did not arrive, and were substituted.  Therefore the garden did not look like it did in my head when I was designing it, and further more I ran out of time.  We all agreed that the Show Garden - Aqua Life had to come first, and so took priority.  'Time Out' received a Bronze Medal, which considering all the problems was acceptable.

 Aqua Life... well what can I say?  This was my favourite show garden to date, and I was absolutely in love with it.  I always enjoy being involved in these shows, and they take up a large part of my time, therefore I become very attached to the garden.  We only received a Silver Medal for the garden, which I can't deny I was upset about!!  I think that the stress, tiredness, and a build up of all the other typical show feelings caused me to become disappointed in the result to all the hard work that me, my contractors, family and close friends all put in to making this garden come to life.  But this did not last long, as I realised that the garden to me was fantastic, and we all spent the week making the most of it, drinking pims, and dangling our feet in the swimming pond.

 To me Tatton has always been the highlight of my year, and something I really love doing.  This year saw the best ever Tatton for me, as I feel that the visitors have begun to see me as a regular to the show, and recognise my work - which is a step in the right direction, for my ultimate goals.  I was also asked to be a presenter on Tatton Radio 87.7fm, which allowed me to talk to more exhibitors and visitors at the show and actually make time to look around the show ground.

Tatton Park is so important to me, and I feel quite down now that the garden has been dismantled and we are left with no more show projects this year.  I will have to start thinking of next year and how I can make it bigger and better!!!

I look forward to seeing you all next year!


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