Garden designer Joe Perkins has been honoured with the Award for Horticultural Excellence at this year’s Shenzhen Flower Show.
Perkins’ Shenzhen City Garden – Community of Life focuses on the mangrove forest habitat surrounding Shenzhen and the city itself, which was once a fishing village and is now a modern port.
Whilst highlighting the significance of the city’s coastal location, the garden also showcases the commitment to environmental progression and ecological development.
Perkins adds this latest accolade to a growing list of show garden achievements, having been awarded a Gold medal and Best in Category for his first garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019, followed by another Gold in 2022.
Joe Perkins says: “I am thrilled with this achievement. To have been awarded Horticultural Excellence for this garden is the culmination of a lot of hard work and huge thanks go to the whole team for making it happen. It’s not easy designing and installing a show garden remotely but I’m so pleased with the results.
“I am honoured to have been able to draw attention to such a vital and unique habitat as the mangrove forests and I hope this garden further demonstrates how working with natural systems can offer workable solutions to our current environmental crisis.”