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Highly commended in APL awards for Warnes McGarr & Co

Award-winning garden designer Warnes McGarr & Co has been highly commended in the hard landscaping category at this year’s Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) awards.

The business, which is owned by Michael John McGarr and Robert Warnes, is the second year on the run to be commended by the APL for one of their garden design projects.

Garden designer Michael John McGarr said: “We were thrilled to be highly commended for our hard landscaping garden design at the awards last week. Our client was incredibly happy with the garden transformation we designed and constructed for him, so we’re pleased to also see industry recognition for this.”

The APL award ceremony took place at The Brewery in London on Friday, 17 March. On the judging panel were industry experts: Richard Barnard of Hillier Landscapes as chief judge, show manager at the RHS Bob Sweet, Steve Smith of Vision Gardens, landscape designer Robin Templar-Williams, and the APL’s national business manager, Phil Tremayne.

The garden in Wigan approached Warnes McGarr & Co to design and build one of their signature outdoor living spaces. The couple had just had a new extension done, and wanted the garden to be a continuation of their living and socialising space, with a number of areas for sitting and relaxing.

The ultra-contemporary garden used wide format, high-quality porcelain, which contrasted with the timber composite decking. To soften the hard landscaping elements, some colourful textural planting and edible plants were included, with plenty to provide birds and other wild animals with food and shelter.

A number of maple trees were planted throughout the garden to provide shade, and were uplit with an LED remote lighting system.

Warnes McGarr & Co have also been awarded a silver medal at RHS Tatton for the last two years. Last year, they were also awarded a gold medal and best construction title at BBC Gardeners’ World in Birmingham.


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