Spring show gardens
Visit the fantastic new 2018 show gardens along The Avenue for great ideas and inspiration to take home.
We have a fabulous selection of gardens this year, with themes ranging from the Garden of Eden to the spectacular Yorkshire landscape.
Over the last few weeks we have been revealing our stunning spring 18 show garden designs. Our final garden is called Garden of Life and is being created by St Michael's Hospice in Harrogate.
SG2 Garden of Life – St Michael’s Hospice
A reflection of all that the hospice represents, this circular garden is designed to be a haven of care, comfort and support. At its heart is the Tree of Life, a custom-made sculpture of oak, iroko and cedar, crafted and donated to the charity by Haresign Bespoke.
The unique structure was created for the charity’s 30th anniversary and stands in tribute to the lives of friends and family who are no longer with us, each leaf symbolising those we continue to love.
Saint Michael’s will be inviting visitors to the garden to dedicate a personalised leaf on the Tree of Life to remember a loved one.
Category: Community Spirit
Size: 6m diameter
Designer: St Michael’s Hospice
SG1 Tranquil Yorkshire – Askham Bryan College
Set against a planting palette of peaceful green and purple, this garden is designed to be a miniature oasis of tranquillity. An arbour provides a moment of respite and reflection as a rustic, recycled sleeper path leads the eye to a Yorkshire Rose paved feature.
The path is inter-planted with fragrant camomile, while chocolate vines populate an obelisk and willow wigwam to bring height and drama to the front of the garden. A Yorkshire-made hessian post and rope boundary, plus hand-crafted gate finish the design.
Size: 5m x 5m
Designer: Askham Bryan College
SG5 A New Zealand Story – Hadean-Creation
This abstract design commemorates the end of World War One, honouring the courage of the New Zealanders who fought and died in the conflict.
The garden uses symbolism to portray the journey and sacrifice using poetry and Maori tribal words to highlight its message.
Arches with laser-cut images provide scale and a focal point, while a feature timber footpath leads the eye along the length of the design. Striking New Zealand native planting combines to create a contrast of lush greens, striking reds and browns.
Size: 9m x 8m
SG6 Mills to Moors – Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire
This garden takes you on a journey from the rich manufacturing history of West Yorkshire’s mill towns into the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the surrounding countryside.
Designed by local volunteers, residents, primary schools and council employees, the space captures the atmosphere of old textile mills now returning to nature with stone structures. Native trees and plants, in shades of purple bronze and gold, highlight the beauty of the dramatic moorland landscape. A flowing water feature accompanies visitors on their journey from the mills to the moors.
Size: 10m x 7m
Designer: Kirklees Council
SG4 All Characters Great & Small – Horticap Ltd
Take your seats for fun garden theatre! The scene is set with a number of iconic Yorkshire landmarks and brought to life with well known characters from across the region.
A combination of seasonal perennials, shrubs and trees will create a sense of fun for show visitors, with a special interactive quiz to encourage audience participation.
All of the Yorkshire characters and feature elements of the garden have been hand-crafted by students and staff at Horticap.
Catergory: Community Spirit
Size: 8m x 6m
Designer: Horticap Ltd
SG7 Eden – Yorkshire Garden Designs
Inspired by the Garden of Eden, this design aims to create a perfectly balanced eco-system which, like its namesake, is capable of meeting our need for both beauty and bounty.
Yorkshire stone mason Johnny Clasper and Wetherby-based Aquascapes & Landscaping use flowing freeform walling to create stone streams complete with water spouts to represent the four biblical rivers. Planting inspiration is also taken from the Bible with flowers, fruits and edible herbs to feed human inhabitants, while insect friendly and aquatic plants maintain the garden’s eco system.
The garden will find a permanent home after the spring show at Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.
Size: 10m x 8m
Designer: Yorkshire Garden Designs
Sponsors: CED Stone Group
SG3 The Garden of Translucence - Colour Your Garden
As urban populations grow and green spaces are turned over to concrete and tarmac, this garden is a reminder that architecture of all sizes can be light and translucent.
Ten steel mesh columns of varying heights give structural presence yet translucence and as you move through the garden, the layering effect of the pillars creates altering opacity and density, blurring the boundaries of mass and space.
The planting is an essay in form as clipped cubes contrast with soft grasses and dashes of perennial colour. A spectacular multi-stem evergreen tree provides a textural counter-point to the forest of pillars, while four cubes of bubbling water animate the space.
Size: 8m x 8m
Designer: Alistair W Baldwin Associates for Colour Your Garden