The Blind Veterans UK ‘It’s All About Community’ garden, designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin
Blind Veterans UK and The Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden Win Top Awards at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017
Congratulations to the teams behind two fantastic award-winning gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Show 2017; The Blind Veterans UK ‘It’s All About Community’ garden and The Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s ‘Wild Garden’.
The Blind Veterans UK garden, built by Landform Consultants and designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin, received both a Gold medal and the award for Best Construction. The circular garden was designed as a celebration of the vibrancy and activities of the beneficiaries, volunteers and staff at Blind Veterans UK while being designed with the enjoyment by those who are visually impaired in mind.
Alongside woven sculptures and a wide range of perennials, trees played a large part in the garden and we were delighted to be able to supply these from our tree nurseries. These included a centrepiece Liquidambar tree and two Bramley’s Apple trees that proved very popular with visitors.
The Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s Garden, designed by Adam White & Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd, received a hat trick of honours: a gold medal, best in show and best world garden. The aim of the garden was to create a sensory experience that could be enjoyed by disabled children for generations, taking inspiration from the designs of the Caudwell Children themselves.
The naturally-styled garden highlighted the therapeutic benefits of gardens for children, combining a restful quality with playful elements like a wooden tree-house structure and secret mushroom cave. Once again, we were delighted to be able to support with tree from Hillier nurseries, including Acers and Amelanchier lamarckiis plus a specimen Betula papyrifera var. Kenaica multi-stem, a beautiful large birch with fantastic and unusual colour bark.
Not only are these two superb gardens, deserving of their medals, but after the show the plants are being transported and reused by the charities in their offices and gardens to bring continued joy for many years.