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Harrogate garden designer winds silver at BBC Gardener’s World Live and donates winning garden to Harrogate Hospital

Charlotte Jones from Grant Horticulture and The Northern School of Gardening won a Silver Merit at last week’s BBC Gardener’s World Live at the NEC in Birmingham. Her award-winning Beautiful Border was designed under the theme ‘Wildlife’ which was interpreted by the young designer as a reflection of someone who has lived a ‘wild life’, full of frivolity, fun and joie de vivre.

This is the first show garden for garden designer Charlotte Jones, who at twenty-one is currently studying for her Masters in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University and is working her year-in-industry with Grant Horticulture and The Northern School of Gardening.

“Garden design is at the very heart of our business. With the pandemic behind us what better way to showcase our talents, in particular our young designer Charlotte Jones, than with a show garden at BBC Gardener’s World Live,” commented Dean Bolton-Grant, managing director of Grant Horticulture and founder of The Northern School of Gardening.

“We worked closely with Johnsons of Whixley who kindly donated the plants for our Beautiful Border garden, affording us the opportunity to support Harrogate Hospital with the gift of the plants which we hope will bring patients and staff a little joie de vivre during their day,” explained Bolton-Grant.

Over three-hundred plants were delivered by Grant Horticulture to Harrogate hospital on Monday. Amongst the delivery was an apple tree, lavender, strawberry plants, purple basil and the extremely popular Astrantia ‘Star of Love’, Ammi majus, Salvia viridis ‘Pink Clary’, Lupinus ‘Blue Javelin’, Achillea ‘Desert Eve Red’ and Digiplexis plants ‘Berry Canary’.

Yvonne Campbell, head of charity and business development project manager at Harrogate hospital said, “On behalf of Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity I would like to say thank you to Johnsons of Whixley for this amazing donation and the opportunity to enhance our hospital grounds. The donated plants have been distributed across the hospital to fill our staff and visitor areas with a touch of colour.

“I would also like to congratulate Charlotte Jones and the team at The Northern School of Gardening and Grant Horticulture for winning a Silver Merit for their border design, a huge well done and thank you to everyone involved.”

Grant Horticulture is a garden design company based in Harrogate. The business has grown over the past fourteen years to include an online retail business where gardeners can source sustainably made and built to last gardening products. The Northern School of Gardening was founded by Dean Bolton-Grant in June 2021 to offer gardeners one-day gardening courses based at The Yorke Arms in the heart of Nidderdale.

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