A garden designer from Gloucestershire has been selected to exhibit the first acoustic garden at next year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern Spring Festival.
Pippa Shennan, from Wotton-under-Edge, was selected against stiff competition to design and exhibit one of the Festival Gardens at the show.
The Festival Garden theme chosen for 2016 is ‘Hidden Gems’.
Her garden, entitled ‘A private refuge – a hidden gem’ is believed to be the first to have been designed specifically to cut out external noise through the use of acoustic fencing and a careful choice of water features, plants and trees.
Pippa has drawn on personal experience for her design. She said: “As I have a problem with external noise and privacy in my own garden I decided to design something that addresses these issues. It is a common problem, particularly in towns and cities, so hopefully my design and the ideas contained in it will be something from which others can benefit”.
She added: “The design and building of a show garden is an expensive business so I am looking for sponsors who might have an interest in helping me to achieve my aim”.
Pippa added to her degree in Agricultural Botany by achieving a pass with distinction in Garden Design only three years ago and then setting up a consultancy, Earthmark Garden Design.
Recently she has also gained a diploma in Garden Design, Planting Design and Horticulture and become an accredited partner of Wildflower Turf Limited with specialist knowledge of designing, installing and maintaining wildflower environments.
She is also a keen gardener and artist; regularly exhibiting with both the Royal Watercolour Society and the Society of Botanical Artists in London.
Anyone interested in sponsoring her garden can email Pippa in the first instance at [email protected]