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Spring show gardens

Each week in the run up to Spring Essentials we will be featuring one of the great show garden designs on offer. This week we enjoy the serene experience of Yorkshire Zen.

Our support bubble

This is a community garden installation, based around the support offered by Horticap in times of difficulty and by those who support the organisation and the valuable work it carries out.

Cut out trees celebrate the work of individuals and groups, while a central pod forms the bubble from which everything works. 

Horticap is a charity providing a supportive and friendly working environment where students with learning difficulties can develop their abilities through structured training.

Category: Community

Designer: Horticap

Yorkshire Zen

This garden combines the influences of the ancient Japanese rock garden with the inspiration of Yorkshire's incredible landscapes to create a space which embraces the traditional teachings of Zen.

Koko, or austerity, is inspired by the bleak beauty of Ilkley Moor and the vast rolling sand and shingle beaches of the Yorkshire coastline.

Shizen, or naturalness, is taken from the stone formations of Stump Cross Cavern and Malham Cove, with flattened rocks reflecting the pooling waters of Aysgarth Falls and arching uprights to mirror the awe-inspiring chasm of Gaping Gill.

Simple, close-cropped, ground-level planting and tortured stems are inspired by the harsh, yet breathtaking, landscapes around Cow and Calf Rocks, and will include symbolic feature elements.

Category: Professional

Designer: Nicholas Edward Design


This garden celebrates the sun as the keystone to sustaining all living things on earth.

The main feature is a wooden sun sculpture providing a backdrop to the garden, complete with seating area allowing visitors to sit next to sun, feel its warmth and enjoy a sense of wellbeing. A fire pit replicates the warmth of its rays, even at night.

Planting is largely native species in greens and whites with a dash of yellow.

Catergory: Professional

Designer: Morgan’s 

Sponsors: MKM Building Supplies; Duffield Timber

Escape Your Mind

One thing that has remained consistent amid the chaos of Covid is nature and the benefits it can bring to our mental and physical wellbeing.

Using Biophillic design principles, Harrogate Garden Design and Lowes Landscapes aim to capture the healing powers of nature to create a 'little bit of heaven on earth'.

Escape Your Mind includes biophillic elements which automatically and naturally calm our minds, including well connected space, healthy plant life, fresh water, natural materials and patterns to provide opportunities for contemplation, a feeling of refuge and views across the open landscape.

Complete with a water feature by Yorkshire Aquascapes and a pathway inspired by New York's famous Highline, the design calls on biophillia (our in-built, genetic affinity with nature) to satisfy an innate need for contact with the natural world and the sense of wellbeing we experience when we can touch and experience nature.

Category: Professional

Designer: Lisa Norton, Harrogate Garden Design with construction by Lowes Landscapes and water feature by Yorkshire Aquascapes