Another late blog I'm afraid, but this time of year is really busy for us!
July started with our private jobs being wrapped up, and then we were off to RHS Tatton Park! This was going to be the last show garden we built in 2013 in association with Digby Stone. So although I was really excited, I was hoping the time wouldn't go too quickly! After measuring up the site, it was time to drive down to RHS Hampton Court Flower Show for a sneak preview of the competition down South. It was a glorious day, and I left feeling really excited about the garden we were beginning to construct back home.
At Tatton, the sun was shining and everything was going great! The pond had been dug and the Splash Pool quickly formed. The design was fairly simple to construct but the planting took quite a while to complete as it was very detailed. Overall we finished with time to tweak, clean the paving and do all the extra jobs that sometimes get forgotten.
On the morning of judging the sun was shining and everyone was very nervous, although I think I made the 'first timers' worse (for which I am truly sorry!) I just get so nervous when we are judged, it seems to rub off on everyone else. The BBC soon took my mind off things, for as soon as the judges were off the garden, the BBC started to film! Overall the show was a huge success and our Silver Gilt Medal winning garden was extremely popular with the public.
The sun shone throughout the whole of the show, apart from the 1 hour 'Sell Off' period. Thunder and lighting may have cleared the sky, but it also cleared the show ground. Suddenly it was time to break the garden down and re-enter the real world! Sad it is all over now, but I am excited about the possibilities that next year will bring.
Now we are back working on a full range of designs, planting plans and builds. Also there is only a few weeks left until the NEW Garden Design Diploma starts at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. I have already been up there for some final preparations and the students are really looking forward to starting the course.
So keep watching for more info!