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Spring show gardens

Visit the fantastic new 2017 show gardens along The Avenue for great ideas and inspiration to take home. Each week will be revealing the latest fabulous show garden design from the talented teams taking part in this year's spring show. This week we feature a Community Spirit plot, called There's Water Under the Bridge, by the Artyculturals at HMP Kirklevington Grange:

SG1 The Wonders of the Brain

Celebrating the amazing architecture and wonders of the brain, this garden aims to highlight the work of the YBRC in helping to preserve the health and vitality of the brain through research into disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and dementia.

Planting is designed to reflect each of the four main brain functions - rosemary and lilac for memory (temporal area); bright flowers and variegated foliage representing the spectrum of colour and pattern in vision (occipital); sensory planting depicting sensation (parietal); and soft grasses with formal structured planting for planning and movement (frontal).

Set against a backdrop of vertical box hedging to map out the centre's logo, key features also include steel water rills connecting to a central cascading sphere to represent the flow of thought and ideas through the brain.

Category: Professional

Size: 8m x 5m

Designer: The Yorkshire Brain Research Centre (YBRC)

SG8 Out of Yorkshire

Demonstrating how a garden can grow from its surrounding landscape, this design uses Yorkstone in three different states to create distinct formal and naturalistic areas of the garden.

The heart of the garden is a seating area enclosed by partially constructed dry stone walling and a formal rill, which runs into a naturalistic pool set within rockery stones.

Planting will be native and naturalised to reflect the Yorkshire landscape in spring, with two large silver birch trees for structure, underplanted with shrubs, ferns and a carpet of native wildflowers and grasses.

Category: Professional

Size: 6m x 5m

Designer: Austin's Gardens

SG5 There’s water under the bridge

Rich in the symbolism of reflection, reform and forgiveness, this garden has been created with a series of feature elements each with its own special message from the ‘Artyculturals’ of HMP Kirklevington Grange.

A drift of alliums represents the many layers of the human mind, while life’s ups and downs are depicted by a special Yin Yang seating area. A den of reflection is created by black bamboo prison bars, softened by climbers, while water cascading into a wishing well represents the time and trouble it can take to right wrongs.

Category: Community

Size:10m x 8m

Designer: HMP Kirklevington Grange