This is my very subjective review of some of the show gardens. I didn’t photograph them all – just those that I want to comment on. Southend on Sea departed from its traditional style gardens and created the ‘Playful Garden’. I’m not sure it worked all that well but I did think the planted cube with the perspex cylinder revealing the roots was a great idea – if difficult to photograph.
My personal favourite was the Combat Stress garden because it really addressed the issue of creating a beautiful place where the soldiers could feel safe while recovering from trauma.
I was also greatly entertained by the antics of the pigeon as it hung upside down to strip the berries from the garden’s Amelanchier tree.
The Copella Bee Garden was beautifully planted with bee-friendly plants surrounding a striking sculpture with giant bees and chairs and a table I would love to have in my own garden.
It was a case of ‘Crisps with Everything’ at the Tyrell’s Harvest Celebration garden with the journey from field to plate incorporated in the design. They certainly got my prize for the most original entertainment – musicians playing a selection of vegetable instruments!
The Girl Guide garden was sumptuously planted with vegetables and flowers. It was a garden of two halves and I much preferred the end devoted to vegetables. I’ve never seen such healthy okra plants as those in the bed outside the greenhouse and the path lined with grasses and short and tall sunflowers worked really well.