Perennial has been awarded a Gold medal and Best in Show at Gardening Scotland for its show garden designed by husband and wife team Amber Goudy and Martin Crowley. The garden represents a shattered life being healed by Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping horticulturists.
The garden helps mark Perennial’s 175th anniversary, as part of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of the valuable work the charity does in supporting everyone working in or retired from horticulture during times of crisis. It follows a Best in Show win for Perennial at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show and a Silver Gilt Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
For Amber and Martin, who come from near Oban, the garden was inspired by personal experience. When Martin suffered a serious illness and could not work, his family landscaping business almost went under and the help he then received from Perennial was an absolute lifeline.
Amber commented: “We are overjoyed to receive this award and we couldn’t be happier with the finished garden. As we have a special link with Perennial, designing this garden has meant a lot to us and we want to help make sure all horticulturists know that Perennial is there for them to turn to if ever they are in need.”
Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial, said: “We are delighted that the garden has been recognised with this award and we are particularly thrilled for Amber and Martin who, along with their whole family, worked so hard to make this beautiful garden come together. We hope visitors will enjoy it and that it will help tell the story about what Perennial does.”
Inspired by the arum lily that forms Perennial’s logo, the garden features two giant steel arum lilies made from recycled steel. The garden depicts the journey from hardship, represented by dramatic architectural planting, jagged slate and rusted metal, through to a more tranquil place with softer planting, healing water and smooth materials.
As well being chosen by the judges from twelve show gardens for the top accolade, the Perennial Garden was one of the winners of the show’s inaugural Artisan Garden Design Competition, which provided £2,000 to help fund the creation of the garden.
Gardening Scotland runs from 30 May to 1 June at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh. For full show information, visit: www.gardeningscotland.com
For further information about Perennial, how it helps and how to get involved, visit: www.perennial.org.uk