Show Gardens

PAUL HERVEY BROOKES

RHS CHATSWORTH • ARTISTS GARDEN

The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden is a space designed to reflect the working lives of artists and artisan makers, to celebrate them and to remind us of the importance of care and craft.

The garden is a place of contemplation and calm, an outdoor working studio providing inspiration and materials for the artists who would inhabit this space. The four artists include a ceramicist specialising in Japanese porcelain, an oil painter who creates pop-up art on textiles, and a basket maker. There is a textile dyeing pool and rill waterway along with a large open courtyard and reclaimed corrugated tin barn for the artists to work in.

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EMILY BARNES

RHS CHATSWORTH • ELEMENTS OF SHEFFIELD • PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD

This garden explores the enduring relationship between Sheffield and the bordering Peak District. Historically, the Peaks provided iron-ore, gritstone and water that were used to power the steel industry. Today the area’s natural beauty is an escape for many from the pressures of modern life.

A sunken patio seating area covered by a Corten steelframed pergola symbolises the Steel City, and is mirrored by a steel fence. A spherical upcycled cutlery sculpture made by a local artist symbolises Sheffield’s famous cutlery trade.

JAMIE BUTTERWORTH

RHS CHATSWORTH • WEDGEWOOD GARDEN • GOLD & BEST IN SHOW

To mark Wedgwood’s 260th anniversary, The Wedgwood Garden, designed by horticulturist and RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth, has been inspired by the vision of John Wedgwood, the founder of the Royal Horticultural Society, to use the power of horticulture and plants to connect people and unite communities.

With a colour palette referencing Wedgwood’s Jasperware of rich sky blue, lush greens and deep crimson, the garden design is simple and scaled back to bring the planting to the fore. This echoes John Wedgwood’s sentiments when creating his own garden, which he described as ‘not laid out to compel admiration, but instead a homely and loveable space.

PAUL HERVEY BROOKES

RHS Tatton • Perennial Legacy Garden • Gold & Best in Show

I had the pleasure of capturing images of the garden created by Paul Hervey Brooks for the horticultural charity, Perennial, the garden is a celebration of the charities origins.

Combining elements from classic English Country House Gardens such as Arley Hall and Upton House to create a garden which illustrated the rich herbaceous semi-formality of the great Edwardian garden. Behind the luxurious pavilion with bespoke stone roof a working area with a traditional bothy also demonstrates where the garden workers would have grown on fledgingly plants, sown seeds and harvested fruit and vegetables.

JARMAN MURPHY

RHS Tatton • A quiet corner • gold & Best in Category

This ‘Back to Back’ garden at RHS Tatton Park show cases a passion for contemporary design and immersive, sensitive planting.

The pewter wall which enveloped the garden, provided a backdrop for the swaying grasses, Fennel and Sanguisorba. A curving, cobbled path lead to two contemporary larch stools which overlooked a grey water bowl, capturing the light and sky. A beautiful multi-stem Acer campestre sheltered the garden but encouraged views through its branches. The shady areas beneath the tree and wall were planted with ferns and delicate shade loving flowers such as Thalictrum. On the sunny edges of the garden, varieties of Thyme and tiny Alliums created scree-like areas with chipped grey limestone.