never did get round to writing that last post to sum up our Ness Gardens
journey. This weekend brings an exciting event to Ness and so it seemed like a
good time to reflect.
were invited to create a new garden for Ness Botanic Gardens back February. Something
different, a love or hate 'marmite' garden! The 900m2 garden located near the potting
sheds was soon transformed from a weedy plot with chickens grazing on it into a
garden bursting with colour and planted interest.
the design had been finalised and work began it didn’t take long for the on
looking visitors to see drastic changes on site. The advantage to this garden was that the
public got a behind the scenes view of the garden being created. Weather played a massive part in delaying the
project, but the rain didn’t get us down.
We carried on through horrendous conditions, trying to form the steep
slopes of the turf waves on a slippery mud surface.
we had finished on site at Ness we very quickly moved on to our new plot at RHS
Tatton Park Flower Show. We were now
very confident in our ‘turf wave making’ skills and thought that potentially we
would have ‘problem free’ show build. We
never build the same garden twice, but the advantage to this project was that
the main features had been built previously on the main garden on site at Ness.
that served us right!!! Nature finds a
way of causing problems you would never have dreamt of. Thinking we were quite far on, and definitely
on schedule... the strangest problem we have ever encountered happened. Rain water had forced our steel pond liner
out of the ground! Well that is
certainly a story I won’t tire of telling.
Taking a short amount of time for it to sink in, we then move quickly to
rectify the problem. Things moved fairly
smoothly after that.
the medals were awarded and we received our Silver Gilt Medal for ‘A Taste Of
Ness’, all those problems were a distant memory. The months of rain and the troubles it caused
seemed so long ago, as we stood talking to the public and soaking up all of the
at Ness the ‘Making Waves Garden’ is looking fantastic and the plants
definately benefit from the massive amount of rain they received. This weekend brings ‘Gardener’s Question Time’
to Ness Botanic Gardens and there will be a whole range of celebrity gardeners
along with the Ness curator Paul Cook all ready and waiting to answer your
come along to Ness Botanic Gardens and see the Making Waves Garden, take part
in Gardener’s Question Time and also walk round and see the other changes that
are occurring on site. I have certainly
found that you can’t leave it too long between visits, as you miss out on the
transformations that are ongoing!