David, from Leyland, was delighted to see his design for an eco-friendly garden, which includes a relaxation area and a place for yoga, set up as a display garden at this week’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
The retired fashion designer and pattern cutter’s design was one of the winners of a local RHS and BBC radio planet-friendly garden design competition, with a prize for building it during the flagship RHS show.
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The seeds of inspiration for BBC Radio Lancashire’s winning design came from his home town of Leyland. David explained that he is one of Paradise Park’s friends who backs onto his property and was taken aback by what happened to the park’s lawns during the lockdown, when grasses of different heights and colors grew and orchids and other wildflowers also bloomed when the grass was not cut.
He said: “My garden backs onto Paradise Park. I almost live in paradise! Features in my (Tatton) garden, such as the native hedgerow, wildlife pond with terrace/soaking platform, bog garden and bird feeding station, were all inspired by Leyland .
Speaking on this week’s show, he said the newly created garden offers something for the planet, wildlife and people: “Overall it’s a feel-good garden. I could sit there all day and just watch the wildlife. Throughout the day, something changes – I have different thoughts all the time.
She added: “My garden (at my place) is similar (but) there are a lot more flowers in mine.”
Now he hopes some of his ideas can be used in Paradise Park itself – including huge beds, which release moisture in the hotter summer months and are therefore good for long-term sustainability. .
David’s nearby garden were two BBC Radio Merseyside winners. Debbie Montgomery, who designed Literally Coastline, said: “The goal was to have a connection to the area where you live. I’m from the Wirral and live near the coast. There is a nice mix of dunes and plants. They are all native plants, which I tried to copy here. “
The third winner of the BBC/RHS competition was Chris Swift who designed Lockside, inspired by the Chester Canal Basin.
Sheffield-based garden and landscape designer Lee Bestall of Bestall & Co Landscape Design was part of the judging team for the competition. His company built the gardens and provided advice on how best to transfer the designs to create exhibition-worthy gardens that would attract visitors. Originally the designs were for rectangular plots, but it was decided to put all three on a circular plot and provide interconnecting gates. He said: “The three gardens all had similar stories – all had been inspired by what they had done during lockdown…one of the challenges we had was that the ground was hard as brick!”
He added that all the gardens had used water from a roof in their design and reclaimed materials had been used where possible.
For a list of plants used in David’s garden see the Bestall & Co website. RHS Flower Show Tatton Park at Tatton Park, near Knutsford, Cheshire is open until Sunday (July 21-24). For more on RHS Tatton 2022, check out our online photo report tomorrow.