Getting ready for Shrewsbury flower show

Well, you join us at one of our busiest times – preparing for the Shrewsbury Flower Show, which is on Friday and Saturday (12,13) this week.

Having won the Gold Medal for last year’s design, we are under some pressure to repeat the success, so all of the team is working flat out to ensure our garden is looking its very best come Thursday afternoon, when the judging begins.

So far, we have managed to transport the huge painted centre-piece of the garden, which is based on the logo for Hope House Children’s Hospice, near Oswestry in Shropshire.

The garden is sponsored by Pugh’s, of Shrewsbury, who kindly agreed to donate it to the hospice after the show.

The garden will be used by its young patients, and their friends and families, which has inspired us to work extra hard!

With its future use in mind, I designed the garden as a rain and sensory garden.

This means it will be great for collecting excess rainwater, and therefore environmentally friendly, but the water will also be a nice feature for the youngsters playing there.

We want the planting to be bright and smell wonderful – and that’s our next job, tomorrow.  Once the plants are in, the garden will really start to take shape.

If you are planning a visit this weekend, please drop in to say hello to us, and keep your fingers crossed for the judging on Thursday.