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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 next few weeks we will be revealing more stunning designs, and this week we feature a New Zealnd Story by Hadean-Creation.

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.

Category: Professional
Size: 9m x 8m
Designer: Hadean-Creation

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.

Category: Professional
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.

Catergory: Professional
Size: 10m x 8m
Designer: Yorkshire Garden Designs

Sponsors: CED Stone

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.

Category: Professional
Size: 8m x 8m
Designer: Alistair W Baldwin Associates for Colour Your Garden