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Graduate Gardeners win fifth Gold Medal

PUBLISHED: 12:48 11 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:23 20 February 2013

Graduate Gardeners win fifth Gold Medal

Graduate Gardeners win fifth Gold Medal

Bisley-based Graduate Gardeners' 'Place to Reflect Garden' has won a record fifth Gold Medal and 'Best in Show' award at Malvern Spring Gardening Show

Graduate Gardeners
win fifth Gold Medal

Bisley-based Graduate Gardeners Place to Reflect Garden has won a record fifth Gold Medal and Best in Show award at Malvern Spring Gardening Show.

The garden was built by foreman Charlie Deacon, expert dry stone waller and Bisley boy Shane Nash and Ryan Neveu of Graduate Gardeners.

Designed by Graduates designers Ann Steed and Ian Morrison, it features Malverns first Living Wall, using a variety of ferns and the unique Sky Gardens system. The wall is broken with a 2.5-metre stainless steel water chute, which streams down into a pool of black cobbles.

The standout feature of the garden is the back wall, split into three panels with a circular cut-out in each. Two panels are rendered, with a circle of Cotswold dry stone at a 45 degree angle set in; the centre panel contains a reflective butterfly stainless sculpture by Stroud designer Natasha Webb.

The threshold is a circle of Cotswold walling stone laid on end. From here there are two paths of sawn Yorkstone stepping stones around the central circular border, one interspersed with planting and the other going through the pool. These lead to a circular seating area of sawn Yorkstone with a centre circle of Cotswold walling stone to match the two in the wall panels. This is flanked by two benches made up of four chunky pieces of Idigbo hardwood, seemingly floating above each other.

A rill leads from the water chute pool to a second pool below the butterfly feature, with water constantly flowing between the two pools.

Four giant Betula Pendula Zwisters Glory trees dominate the garden, providing dappled shade to the whole area. The planting is in a natural woodland style, with giant Hostas overhanging the water and Camassias and Alliums providing dashes of blue and purple against the greenery.


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