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Sue Beesley

Sue Beesley

  • Date Joined: 11 Jun 2007

A silver medal - joy and relief

Posted by Sue Beesley on 18 Jul 2007 at 10:42 PM

We arrived on site early this morning to find a silver medal tucked neatly into our fig tree planter.  Of course it would have been wonderful to do better, but we had done our own assessment and felt that a silver would be a good result, so we were pleased and just a touch relieved to find it waiting for us. After all the trials of taking on the nursery, finding and growing plants, designing and building the garden ourselves and dealing with the weather, it really was a very good outcome. I asked for feedback and it was reassuring to find that our own assessment almost exactly tallied with the judges thoughts.

But public opinion is just as important - if not more so - and we have had a wonderful first day with visitors from the very first moments telling us how much they like the garden.  Summing up the comments, it seems that much of  modern show gardening is about telling a story, or the execution of a concept, or the delivery of a corporate or organisation's message.  People seem to enjoy ours because it is recognisably an ordinary garden, on a human scale and with ideas and planting that can be translated almost anywhere.  So I'm happy, proud of what we have done and now need to find the energy to talk to every show visitor for the next four days....

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