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Perennial celebrate 180 years with Premier Gold

25th April 2019

Top honours in the 2019 Harrogate Spring Flower Show Gardens have gone to the charity, Perennial, who won Premier Gold and Best In Show with a design celebrating their 180th anniversary.

The Perennial Legacy Garden was designed by David Lewis to represent the impact of the organisation’s work in supporting people across the horticultural industry and their families.

There were four Gold Awards, including The Mental Health Garden by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design, Urban Sprawl by Nicholas Edward Gardens, and In Sight of the Minster by Askham Bryan College. Horticap also won Gold for their Tolkien-inspired community garden, The Shire.

A Silver Gilt Award went to KG Cooke and Dashiel Rowan for A Moment for You, and Hadean-Creation won Silver with Tranquillity of Bauhaus.

In the #kerbcouture Square Yards competition Rachel Forbes Landscape Design won Premier Gold and The Small Space Award with an ingenious urban oasis called Kerbal Remedy. Gold Awards went to Craven College and Ripon Walled Garden with From Pallet to Palette to Palate, and Down 2 Earth for Take Some Thyme.

Wacks Wicked Plants and NicePonds won Silver Gilt with their Carnivorous Waterfall, as did Morgan’s Estate Management for Santi.

Best in Show for Horticultural Trade Displays went to Kevock Garden Plants for their display of alpine, bog and woodland plants. The National Vegetable Society won Best in Show for displays in the Special Educational or Scientific Interest category.


SG 1 The Perennial Legacy Garden – Perennial, Leatherhead
Celebrating its 180th anniversary with a show garden representing the impact of its work in supporting people working in the horticultural industry and their families. PREMIER GOLD

SG2 Mental Health Garden - Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design, Boston Spa
Supported by LeedsMIND, this garden reflects mental health suffering and recovery. It features a sculpture by David Harber as part of a symbolic semi colon punctuation mark. GOLD

SG3 Urban Sprawl – Nicholas Edward Gardens, Harrogate
Designed in response to the pressures of urban development on green spaces, this garden calls for green pockets to keep pace with planning. GOLD

SG4 A Moment for You – KG Cooke & Dashiel Rowan, Leeds
A simple, tranquil garden designed to reflect the limited size of many modern gardens. It demonstrates that even small spaces can be beautiful. SILVER GILT

SG6 In Sight of the Minster – Askham Bryan College, York
A garden reflecting the ancient and vibrant city of York, with box hedging to represent the city’s famous walls and a living wall to depict the Minster. GOLD

SG8 The Tranquillity of Bauhaus - Hadean-Creation, Carlisle
A tribute to the design principles of Germany’s revolutionary Bauhaus School of Architecture, including interlocking framed views to augment the light. SILVER


SG5 The Shire – Horticap Ltd, Harrogate
Famed for their handmade paper mache models, the students, staff and volunteers are this year paying tribute to Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit. GOLD


The Carnivorous Waterfall – Wacks Wicked Plants with NicePonds, Malton
Water flows down over natural sandstone boulders into a basin of rocks and pebbles in a garden that is also home to a collection of hungry carnivores! SILVER GILT

Kerbal Remedy – Rachel Forbes Landscape Design, Wharfe Valley
This design imagines creating a flexible, moveable urban oasis in a basement courtyard at the foot of a fire escape or pavement frontage. PREMIER GOLD

From Pallet to Palette to Palate – Craven College and Ripon Walled Garden
The ultimate in recycled gardens, this space brings together more than 10 Square Yards for a moveable feast for both the ornamental and the edible. GOLD

Take Some Thyme – Down 2 Earth, Sawdon
An urban refuge creating green space in the typical city back yard and populated by pots and raised beds that can be changed to reflect the season. GOLD

Santi – Morgan’s Estate Management, Ripon
Reflect on your own personal story in a garden designed to create calm and tranquillity even in the smallest of spaces. SILVER GILT