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    Urban chic wins top show garden honours at Harrogate

    Top honours in the 2018 Harrogate Spring Flower Show Gardens has gone to Thirsk-based designers, Colour Your Garden.

    The Garden of Translucence won a Premier Gold Award and Best in Show with a contemporary design reminding visitors that urban architecture can still be light and translucent. The garden features a series of steel mesh columns, clipped cube and multi-stem evergreen planting, and is animated by bubbling water features.

    There were six Gold Awards, including Eden by Yorkshire Garden Designs, Garden of Life by St Michael’s Hospice, and All Characters Great and Small by Horticap. All three Designed to Last gardens, created to showcase solutions for problems growing conditions, also won Gold Awards.

    Kirklees Council received a Silver Gilt for their depiction of West Yorkshire’s Mills to Moors, and A New Zealand Story by Haedean-Creation also won Silver Gilt. Students from Askham Bryan College, near York, we awarded Silver for their garden, Tranquil Yorkshire.

    Best in Show for Horticultural Trade Displays went to the Scottish nursery Kevock Garden Plants (PP39) for their exhibition of alpine bog and woodland plants. The Rose Society (SS2) won Best in Show for displays in the Special Educational or Scientific Interest category.

    Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises received first prize for the new show attraction, Secret Sheds, with a display featuring a typical day on the allotment. Second place went to Askham Bryan College, while the Knaresborough charity, Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre, claimed third.



    SG1 Tranquil Yorkshire – Askham Brian College, York

    A miniature oasis of tranquillity, including a Yorkshire Rose paved focal point and many locally hand-crafted features. SILVER

    SG3 The Garden of Translucence – Colour Your Garden, Thirsk

    A reminder that urban architecture can be light and translucent, featuring steel mesh columns, clipped cube and multi-stem evergreen planting, plus bubbling water. PREMIER GOLD and BEST IN SHOW

    SG5 A New Zealand Story – Hadean-Creation, Skipton

    An abstract design to commemorate New Zealand’s role in World War One, with poetry and Maori tribal words to highlight the message. SILVER GILT

    SG6 Mills to Moors – Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire

    This garden takes visitors on a journey from West Yorkshire’s mill towns into the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the surrounding countryside. SILVER GILT

    SG7 Eden – Yorkshire Garden Designs, Green Hammerton

    Inspired by the Garden of Eden, this design aims to create a perfectly balanced eco-system capable of meeting our need for both beauty and bounty. The garden will find a permanent home at Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough after the show. GOLD



    SG2 Garden of Life – St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate

    A haven of care, comfort and support. It features a Tree of Life sculpture where visitors can dedicate a personalised leaf remembering a loved one. GOLD

    SG4 All Characters Great and Small – Horticap Ltd, Harrogate

    Take your seats for some fun garden theatre set with a number of iconic Yorkshire landmarks and well known characters from across the region. GOLD



    Using three real-life problem gardens in Yorkshire, landscape designer Nick Fryer presents show garden solutions for difficult growing conditions.

    SG8 Clay like concrete

    A 50/50 approach has been used to introduce raised beds offering the possibility of including plants that are not naturally suited to clay. Floating paved areas in the other half of the plot will help continues use of the garden when it is wet. GOLD

    SG9 Dark and boggy

    This garden follows the adage ‘if you can’t beat them, join them!’ A very naturalistic approach has been taken with stone uprights to form a three-in-one retaining wall, seating area and steps to reach the bank. GOLD

    SG10 Dry and exposed

    Inspired by Derek Jarman’s coastal garden in Kent, this design combines pebbles, salvaged monoliths and decorative items washed up on the beach. Planting reflects the need for low maintenance, plus tolerance of salty air and strong winds. GOLD

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