Creating the slow burn garden at Gardener's World Live 2015

By The Secret Gardener

After studying garden design, Bridget and I graduated from Greenwich University in July 2014. We were both looking to launch our garden design careers and chanced upon the RHS competition to build a metamorphosis show garden for Gardeners’ World Live 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham. Part funded by the RHS, sponsored in kind by Bradstone and mentored by Roger Platts, it was the ideal opportunity to create a real garden, instead of a paper one!

We sought inspiration for our design from the tessellated prints of Escher and the music of Phillip Glass. We wanted to create a modern suburban garden, characterised by the slow progression of seasonal changes culminating in an autumn crescendo of fiery colour. We both believe that a garden can sustain year-long interest with key structural elements, careful consideration of plants and long term planting strategies.

The competition brief restricted us to design with specified Bradstone materials and this turned out to be a blessing as sometimes too much choice can be overwhelming! Embracing the theme 'metamorphosis' we tried to use the materials in innovative ways.

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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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