John Woods Nurseries, the Suffolk-based supplier of plants to garden centres and retail nurseries across the UK, has won a Silver-Gilt award for its Fruitful Garden display at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Designed by DeakinLock, A Fruitful Garden, on stand GPE1, forms part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Four Generations feature, sponsored by The Sun. The feature shows visitors how to develop an existing front garden to grow fruit alongside existing planting with minimal fuss or outlay. Ease of maintenance and optimum use of limited space were key factors in the design.
The award follows a high profile start to the event for John Woods Nurseries, who also welcomed actresses Barbara Windsor and Hannah Gordon, broadcaster Piers Morgan and designers Zandra Rhodes and Linda Barker onto the stand.Created for a theoretical end-of-terrace property on a new build development in an East Anglian town, A Fruitful Garden features reclaimed galvanised water tanks that act as features while collecting rain water for irrigation. The plot is bordered on two sides by a fence of reclaimed metal re-bar and timber posts which are semi industrial, reflecting the urban location. They also allow greater access to planting around the edges of the plot, making maintenance easier. A stone plinth provides seating in the garden while a high western boundary wall clad with pebbles and timber, reflecting the materials used throughout the property, and demonstrating how, even in a small space every surface can be used creatively.
Predominant colours in A Fruitful Garden are purples, blues, pinks, whites and silvers while hot spots of colour provide a simple and unfussy palate. The display showcases several plants from the John Woods Nurseries range including Alyogyne Magic Moments (‘Hutwow’), Physocarpus Little Devil™ (‘Donna May’ PPAF), Fothergilla Blue Shadow, Hydrangea Bombshell and two new additions, Carex Everest and Uncinia Everflame.
Speaking from the Show, John Lord, managing director at John Woods Nurseries, said “A Fruitful Garden aims to demonstrate to new homeowners that front gardens can be ideal places to grow fruit in a colourful, private setting without great upheaval or expense. We’re delighted to have won this award and look forward to another busy week at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”
‘A Fruitful Garden’ is an evolution of the company’s Upwardly Mobile display, created for RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year before being transferred to Capel Manor College, the UK’s National Gardening Centre in Enfield, north London. While the design creates an entirely new look, A Fruitful Garden retains most of the hard landscaping of Upwardly Mobile and combines many of its plants with new additions, along with a new perimeter fence.
The garden, designed by, DeakinLock, forms part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Four Generations feature, sponsored by The Sun. It will demonstrate how a new homeowner can develop an existing front garden to grow fruit alongside existing planting with minimal fuss or outlay. Ease of maintenance and optimum use of limited space were key factors in the design. Other displays in the four Generations Feature include a schools Grow Your Own fruits and vegetables exhibit, a schools GYO Cut Flowers garden and Class Gardens ‘Mature Couples’ front garden.
Apple trees provide height and structure whilst cubes of box and Coprosma in the scheme give a strong architectural framework around which the rest of the plants provide contrasting texture and form. Predominant colours in A Fruitful Garden are purples, blues, pinks, whites and silvers with hot spots of colour to provide a simple and unfussy palate.
Site location/number: GPE1.