Summer of gold continues at Shrewsbury

Andi and Andy with the award-winning courtyard garden.

Following a fantastic summer of British sporting achievements, I was delighted to follow in the footsteps of some of the inspirational athletes and achieve a Gold Medal this summer – following our recent visit to the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

It’s our second gold in three years of exhibiting there, so I was thrilled with the result.

The entry was a joint collaboration with two other Shropshire firms – Gwhizz Design, of Ironbridge and Starfish Advertising and Marketing Ltd, of Shrewsbury – and our entry was in the courtyard category.

Gwhizz’s Andy Walton came up with the design for the 1960’s Brighton Courtyard, which myself and our Garden Creations team then set about re-creating.

The design used some iconic British themes, which helped capture the spirit of patriotism currently sweeping the country in the wake of the Jubilee and Olympics.

As well as starting his own design company, Andy is head of creative at Starfish Advertising & Marketing Ltd, who sponsored the garden, and have also worked closely with us at the nursery for a number of years.

We had great fun adding the classic Lambretta, and 60s bubble chair to make the garden really quirky and retro.

We also used the iconic Mod ‘target’ motif at the heart of the garden, using a perimeter of chalky white raised beds filled with blue planting, creating the circles and colours using a white rope path, and a large bowl planter in the centre filled with contrasting red planting.

The blue timber decking was to evoke images of seaside beach huts – all of which were influenced by Andy’s memories of the gardens and seaside at Eastbourne.

“Brighton has always had a quirky sense of fun about it, and this is what I wanted to bring to the design – a small outside space typical of the local architecture. To win gold was amazing, and testament to the hard work put in by all three firms,” Andy explained.

We decided to split the prize money of £400 between two charities chosen by Jerry Kurek, the gentleman who kindly loaned us his beautifully restored Lambretta.

The charities are the Macular Disease Society and RP Fighting Blindness.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on the show garden with Andy, and hope we can work together on more joint projects in the future.