A look back at the Harrogate Flower Show

By The Secret Gardener

This year we embarked on another show garden at Harrogate Spring Show and as it's the first in the season it really does attract lots of attention. We normally create real gardens for customers on a daily basis so we thought this should be the theme this year as we knew the 'real' looking gardens do get some attention.

The way into our garden was a small path leading straight on to a round patio. As this was the central point of the design and something that would have the outside seating on, plus the summerhouse, plus lead to other areas of the garden, it would have to be the best.

We had asked Bradstone for sponsorship because of the quality of the Smooth Natural Sandstone and the Charcoal cobble edgings. We have used lots of other Bradstone products in the past so knew how great the quality is not just in the product but also in the way it’s packed too, this all shows Bradstone means business.

The smooth round patio with the rustic edgings worked so well together and the small entrance path linked the outside of the garden with the inside nicely. Carol Kirkwood did the morning breakfast weather live on National TV in the garden and commented how good the paving was even though she made it muddy!

The whole garden had a presence to it with the summerhouse half on the patio and half not, lush lawn and very colourful planting all around. The garden was open to three sides and this allowed the show visitors to see in, stand and stare as much as they liked.

We had literally hundreds of people commenting on how the smooth paving matched the cobble edgings with many people taking brochures to mix the exact two in their own gardens. We also have a commission based on the paving for around a swimming pool and will give you more details when we can.

We won Silver-Gilt and the Newby Cup for Planting Excellence, took lots of leads and showed the country what we are capable of building. Thank you Bradstone for your products, they really are the best in the business.

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The Secret Gardener

The Secret Gardener is an award-winning landscaper, specialising in bringing colour and ambience to any space.

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