Look Back at Chelsea Flower Show Gardens

Photographer: Stephen Studd - The David Harber and Savills garden, view through corten rusted steel screens towards the Aeon sculpture, planted with Lupinus 'Persian Slipper', Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow', Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow' - Designer: Nic Howard - Spon

The David Harber and Savills garden: Designer: Nic Howard

As a garden photographer one of the joys of the Chelsea Flower Show is getting early access at 5.30am to witness some beautiful sunrises over the show gardens. With such a large catalogue of images I’m looking back at the past 5 years of gardens at Chelsea, a time that camera sensor technology really advanced too, allowing shots like these sunrises.

Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The M&G Garden, view of Forest of Dean stone path and patio, oak garden wall, Aquilegia chrysantha, Briza media 'Golden Bee', Euphorbia wallichii, Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume', Quercus pubescens - Designer: Cleve We

Designer: Cleve West

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The M&G Garden – The Retreat - designer Jo Thompson - sponsors M & G Investments awarded silver gilt medal

Designer: Jo Thompson

Photographer: Stephen Studd - The Breaking Ground Garden, Sunrise over the garden, Stipa gigantica, Melica altissima 'Alba', Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna', Salvia greggii 'Nachtvlinder', Verbascum phoeniculum 'Violetta', Pimpinella major 'Rosea', Designer:

Designers: Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam

Photographer: Stephen Studd - The Resilience Garden - Border pla

Designer: Sarah Eberle

Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The Telegraph Garden, view of bronze coated fin panels, limestone path, Isoplexis canariensis, adobe wall, Maytenus boaria, Quercus ilex, Schinus molle, -  Designer: Andy Sturgeon - Sponsor:  The Telegraph

Designer: Andy Sturgeon

Paul Hervey-Brookes Associates, 11 Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1BB, England, UK. landscape garden designer Viking Cruises Wellness garden gold medal RHS Chelsea Flower Show London UK 2018 photography by Stephen Studd photographer, Built by Gar

Designer: Paul Hervey-Brookes

As an organic allotment holder I am always on the look out for gardens that incorporate growing fruit and vegetables. In 2017 the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Taste Garden designed by Jon Wheatley really had it all.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden designed by Mark Gregory in 2018 had a beautifully compact veg patch under a cascading Wisteria.

For small urban spaces Tom Massey found a great solution for growing your own.

A hand woven wicker compost heap was a novel idea on the garden designed by Ann-Marie Powell.

Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden, woven willow compost bins, insect hotel on side of shed, Digitalis purpurea and cow parsley - Designer Anne Marie Powell - Sponsor: RHS

The cut flower garden by Sarah Raven was a delight and packed with colour.

Matt Keightley’s Radio 2 Texture garden had to have the best garden wall award.

Photographer: Stephen Studd  -  The BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Texture Garden, Stone path, concrete wall inlaid with moss balls, Acer Griseum, Euphorbia 'Fens Ruby',  Euphorbia 'Whistleberry Garnet', Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', Stipa tenuissima, CalaHis planting in the garden was also exquisite.

I’m always fascinated by the seating used by garden designers, my all time favourite were the granite boulders by Darren Hawkes.

Stephen Studd - The Brewin Dolphin Garden - granite stone carved seats on patio area, dry stone wall -Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes - Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medalHere’s a selection of some more.

A garden which took me back to the colourful Mexican palette I encountered on my travels was the Beneath A Mexican Sky garden designed by Manoj Malde.

Favourite water feature was Jo Thompson’s natural swimming pool, one day I’ll have my own it’s on the tick list.

Stephen Studd - The M & G Garden  The Retreat -wooden jetty over natural swimming pond pool, water marginal plants -designer Jo Thompson - sponsors M & G Investments awarded silver gilt medal

These other water features I really liked.

First sauna in the garden at Chelsea, Paul Hervey-Brookes one was very enticing.

Paul Hervey-Brookes Associates,  11 Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1BB, England, UK. landscape garden designer Viking Cruises Wellness garden gold medal RHS Chelsea Flower Show London UK 2018 photography by Stephen Studd photographer, Built by GarFor the inner child in you, who didn’t want to climb up in to the tree house designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with Andree Davies and Adam White.

Photographer: Stephen Studd -The RHS Back to Nature Garden – w

During lockdown many of us are having to work from home, Chelsea had some great spaces for garden offices.

Another on my to have list is the shepherd hut by Plankbridge, office or hideaway, tbc.

Photographer: Stephen Studd - The Supershoes, Laced With Hope Garden: urban garden wall with graffiti, curved wooden bench, mixed border planted with Lupinus 'Towering Inferno', Lupinus Desert Sun', Lupinus 'Masterpiece', Geum 'Cosmopolitan'. Poppies, Al

With climate change a reality, al fresco dining areas are increasingly important areas of the garden. This one designed by Tony Woods had an outdoor kitchen, edible living wall and had water conservation at it’s heart. 

The RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden also had water conservation at it’s heart and creating spaces that are beneficial to wildlife.

Naturalistic planting is becoming more evident at Chelsea, a technique that I use in my own garden. It has been backed up in numerous studies that the colour green promotes quicker healing and recovery from illness and is also good for mental well being and stress reduction.

This softening with green can also be used in urban landscape design and community centres.

Finally the plants are the real show stoppers at Chelsea and here are some of my favourite views over the past 5 years.

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Don’t you just love Chelsea.

Photographer: Stephen Studd - The Supershoes, Laced With Hope G

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The Stones at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

The month of May sees both Malvern Spring Festival and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, two great gatherings for horticulturists. Fortunately this year I had access to the show ground at Chelsea on the Sunday, a blessing as the weather for the press day on Monday looked like it was going to be wet and windy. On the Sunday the gardens are receiving their finishing touches and it is usually quite a frantic time. Not so this year as most of the gardens seemed very complete when I arrived in the morning.

This was the start of my 4 day photo shoot at Chelsea with 5.30am early access for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when the light is usually much kinder for photographers.

Walking round finding where each garden designer had their garden this year I came across the one designed by James Basson for L’Occitaine. Perhaps it was the Monet’esque bright red poppies that stopped me in my tracks and the feeling of being transported to the south of France.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 L'Occitaine: A Perfumers Garden in Grasse – Designer James Basson - Sponsor – L'Occitaine UK Ltd - awarded

A Perfumers Garden in Grasse – Designer James Basson – Sponsor – L’Occitaine UK Ltd – awarded Gold Medal

Tufa stone was used to great effect  in the garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 L'Occitaine: A Perfumers Garden in Grasse – Designer James Basson - Sponsor – L'Occitaine UK Ltd - awarded Gold

Tufa stone in the James Basson designed garden

I was next transported to the Middle East and it’s wonderful architecture and gardens. In this garden designed by Kamelia Bin Zaal white marble was used for the hard landscaping.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Beauty of Islam - Designer – Kamelia Bin Zaal - Sponsor - Al Barari Firm Managemnet LLC awarded Silver Gilt

The Beauty of Islam – Designer – Kamelia Bin Zaal – Sponsor – Al Barari Firm Managemnet LLC awarded Silver Gilt

Both these gardens seemed to be at their best in the bright sunlight, a time I don’t usually photograph gardens.

The Artisans gardens are usually a better bet to go to when the light is too bright as they are usually more shaded with dappled sunlight..

The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss - Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver Gilt (stained glass by Irene Mackay).

The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss – Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver Gilt (stained glass by Irene Mackay).

In the front of the garden who spotted the evader in front of the bombed stone church? Such a clever piece made by John Everiss himself.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss - Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver gilt

The Evaders garden – Designer John Everiss – Sponsor – Chorley Council – awarded Silver gilt

There was the beautiful, if a bit samey Japanese garden ‘Edo no Niwa’ designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara wh0 uses stone to great calming effect.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 – Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara - Sponsor – Cat's Co Ltd – awarded Gold

Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara – Sponsor – Cat’s Co Ltd – awarded Gold

The designer himself.

Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara - Sponsor – Cat's Co Ltd – awarded gold

Edo no Niwa – Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory garden – Designer Kazuyuki Ishihara – Sponsor – Cat’s Co Ltd – awarded gold

A garden I was drawn back to again and again was the one designed by Darren Hawkes.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - - Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes - Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – – Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes – Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

Perhaps this was due to the use of stone from Bodmin for the granite boulder seating. If you ever get chance visit the Cheesewring on Bodmin moor and find one of the naturally weathered granite stone boulder seats there and shut your eyes for a while, but be prepared for lift off.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - - Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes - Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – – Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes – Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

I wondered whether this piece in the garden was inspired by the Men-an-Tol stone circle in Cornwall.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden - Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes - Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Designer Darren Hawkes Landscapes – Sponsor Brewin Dolphin awarded gold medal

Bodmin is home to the Hurlers stone circle and the Cheesewring a place I have been drawn back to over the years. The Cheesewring with it’s balanced granite boulders is a favourite place to photograph. On reflection power places built with stone seem to have a big magnetic attraction for me!

Balanced weathered stones Bodmin moor

Balanced weathered stones Bodmin moor

Dan Pearson’s Chatsworth garden was another garden with giant stones as a feature, this time gritstone.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden - Designer – Dan Pearson - Sponsor - Champagne Laurent - Perrier awarded gold and best in show

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden – Designer – Dan Pearson – Sponsor – Champagne Laurent – Perrier awarded gold and best in show

The oak boardwalk started between two gritstone boulders.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden - Designer – Dan Pearson - Sponsor - Champagne Laurent - Perrier awarded gold and best in show

The Laurent Perrier Chatsworth Garden – Designer – Dan Pearson – Sponsor – Champagne Laurent – Perrier awarded gold and best in show

Charlie Albone’s garden had some beautiful stonework in it, the sandstone path and columns had lovely patterns in it.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 - The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone - Sponsor – Husqvarna - Gardena - awarded

The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone – Sponsor – Husqvarna – Gardena – awarded Silver Gilt

At the end of the garden was a well crafted dry stone fire pit and wall.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 - The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone - Sponsor – Husqvarna - Gardena - awarded Silver Gilt

The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone – Sponsor – Husqvarna – Gardena – awarded Silver gilt

Charlie’s garden had to have the most talked about plant of all the show gardens, this beautiful Protea illuminated in early morning sunlight.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 - The Time in Between – Designer Charlie Albone - Sponsor – Husqvarna - Gardena - awarded Silver Gilt

Protea in The Time in Between Garden, Designed by Charlie Albone

Matthew Keightleys’s garden had conical stone pillars sourced from Cumbria supporting the porch of the house and a stone waterfall to the side.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability - Designer Matt Keightley - Sponsor - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation – Sentebale – Princes Foundation for Building Community - awarded Silver Gilt Medal

Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability – Designer Matt Keightley – Sponsor – David Brownlow Charitable Foundation – Sentebale – Princes Foundation for Building Community – awarded Silver Gilt Medal and People’s Choice award.

Finally it was good to see Harry and David Rich’s garden receive a gold medal, they both know how to design gardens with natural stone. Here they are sat on their dry stone bench.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2015 Cloudy Bay Garden in association with Vital Earth – Designers Harry and David Rich - Sponsor - Cloudy Bay – Bord na Mona - awarded Gold medal

Designers Harry and David Rich – Sponsor – Cloudy Bay – Bord na Mona – awarded Gold medal

 


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Are you sitting comfortably, Malvern Spring Festival 2015

With Malvern Spring Festival’s 30th Birthday just finished and Chelsea Flower Show looming, I wanted to share my seating highlights from Malvern this year. So take a seat and follow me round the show gardens that had seating areas.

Perhaps my favourite seats were these two cube ones made from 250 year old oak in the ‘Constraining Nature’ garden designed by Kate Durr Garden Design and sponsored by Whatley Manor and Ucare, which won Best RHS Festival Garden award and a gold medal.

RHS Malvern spring festival 2015  Constraining Nature designed by Kate Durr Garden Design Best Festival Garden award and a gold medal

For a small space garden they fitted in perfectly, the texture on them adding to their visual effect within the garden.

RHS Malvern spring festival 2015  Constraining Nature designed by Kate Durr Garden Design Best Festival Garden award and a gold medal

Another set of oak cube seats were in the ‘Genetic Conservation Garden’ designed by Tessa & Caitlin McLaughlin. The charred oak seats were designed by Chris Nangle.

RHS Malvern spring rhs show 2015 'Genetic Conservation Garden' designed by  Tessa & Caitlin McLaughlin.

These oak benches designed by Rodas Irving featured in the ‘Beating the Blues’ garden designed by Emily Sharpe, which won a Silver Gilt medal and also the Festival Gardens, RHS People’s Choice award.

Malvern spring rhs show 2015 'Beating the Blues' garden designed by Emily Sharpe, which won a Silver Gilt medal and also the Festival Gardens, RHS People's Choice award

A Gaze Burvill oak bench seat featured in Lisa Burchill’s ‘Out of Darkness’ garden.

RHS Malvern spring rhs show 2015 Lisa Burchill's 'Out of Darkness' garden Gaze Burvill

There was a corner seating area in the sunken part of the ‘Cornerstone’ garden designed by Pip Probert of Outer Spaces garden design, which was made from oak and stone.

RHS Malvern spring rhs show 2015 Pip Probert 'Cornerstone' garden Outer Spaces garden design Silver Gilt

RHS Malvern spring rhs show 2015 Pip Probert 'Cornerstone' garden Outer Spaces garden design Silver Gilt

The ‘Cotswold Way’ garden designed by Amy Perkins sponsored by Cotswold Estates & Gardens, had a Cotswold Stone bench.

RHS Malvern spring festival 2015 The Cotswold Way garden designed by Amy Perkins Silver Gilt and People's Choice best show garden

This was inside a covered seating area overlooking the garden. It won a Silver Gilt medal and also the RHS People’s Choice award best show garden.

RHS Malvern spring festival 2015 The Cotswold Way garden designed by Amy Perkins Silver Gilt and People's Choice best show garden

As an allotment holder who gardens organically with permaculture principles I am always drawn to gardens that have sustainability at heart. Hannah Genders ‘The Journey’ garden had a bench made from reused materials. The garden is to be rebuilt at Saint Michael’s Hospice in Hereford after the show.

RHS Malvern spring rhs show 2015 The Journey Garden designed by Hannah Genders Silver Gilt

Finally the ‘Bees Knees’ garden had to be my favourite garden designed for bio diversity and for pollinating insects. The seating here had to be the most portable of the gardens as the garden had a summerhouse with a giant honeycomb insect hotel.

Malvern spring rhs show 2015 The Bees Knees silver gilt designed by martyn Wilson

As I live in Stroud which became the world’s first bee guardian town, I watched with interest at dawn as the first pollinating bees started to arrive in the garden, as they had found a real treasure of pollen rich flowers. The garden was designed by Martyn Wilson of Wilson Associates Garden Design for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Malvern spring rhs show 2015 The Bees Knees silver gilt designed by martyn Wilson

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RHS Young Designer of the Year 2014 – show gardens at Tatton Park

This years theme for the RHS young designers was ‘Avant Gardening’ where the contenders were encouraged to have a daring touch of invention showing new techniques with experimentation. The three contenders that were chosen to design their first show garden at Tatton Park were, Sam Ovens, Clare Broadbent and Alex Schofield under the mentorship of Paul Hervey-Brookes an international multi award winning garden designer.

The winning garden was ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ designed by Sam Ovens who said of his garden “I wanted to show that sometimes the simplest things are the best things,” his garden also picked up a Gold medal.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

2014 RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden at Tatton Park flower show

This was the first garden myself and a colleague started photographing after having a look around the show gardens on the build up on Monday. It had an air of relaxation and calmness and the backlit Stipa Gigantea were very eye catching in the evening light at 7pm. The area the young designers are given at Tatton is perfectly placed for sunrise and evening light, a photographers dream.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden at Tatton Park RHS flower show 2014

Returning the next day at 5.30am I headed straight back to Sam’s garden as I wanted to see the garden with rusted fencing bathed in the early morning glow of warm sunrise light.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden bathed in sunrise light.

His garden had small concrete stepping stones leading to the decking and the seating area.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Concrete stepping stones in Sam Ovens garden at Tatton Park.

The rest of the garden was densely planted with many varieties of grasses and ferns, with plants such as Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, Verbena bonariensis and Agastache ‘Blackadder’ scattered amongst them.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Dense planting in Sam Ovens garden.

Sam has a very bright future ahead of him after winning the coveted award of young designer of the year 2014.

 

Another Gold Medal garden and finalist was WorkOUT designed by Clare Broadbent (Horticon Design), which had an outdoor gym theme.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show WorkOUT garden designed by Clare Broadbent one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Gold medal

WorkOUT garden designed by Clare Broadbent- Gold medal winner

This wasn’t a garden that I warmed to, maybe because I joined a gym once and didn’t really like the machines, I find gardening in my organic garden and allotment, carrying around heavy photographic gear workout enough. The design had lots of strong ideas such as the rowing machine that had Archimedes’ screws which aerates the pond whilst also creating a workout and the exercise bike turned a water wheel in the pond. I liked the pommel horse bench idea.

Archimedes’ screws that offer workout opportunities and also aerates the pond

Archimedes’ screws that offer workout opportunities and also aerates the pond

One of the gardens that lots of the photographers immersed themselves in was Prehistoric Modernism by Alex Schofield which was awarded a Silver Gilt. The garden was designed for sun worshippers and had coloured Perspex panels in burnt frames to highlight the concept of heat.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards – Silver Gilt

The panels created their own micro climates and optical lighting effects around the garden. I liked the Echinacea ‘White Spider’ that were scattered around the garden, especially the ones placed by the coloured panels.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards – Silver Gilt

As a garden photographer it was tough to get an overall shot of the garden without it having a show garden setting as the design was open plan with no walls as a backdrop to hide any of the tents or fencing.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Alex’s garden with two tiered lounge decking seating area and Feuerring fire.

Despite this Alex’s garden had lots of very strong visual angles to look at and photograph, I will be following his career.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield

Tatton Park is a showcase for the young designers and I wish them all the best in their garden design careers, with a special congratulations to the overall winner Sam Ovens. I look forward to following all their careers in the future and I look forward to next years competition.


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RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gardens 2014 – A Garden Photographers View

I usually post a blog after an RHS show, but have never posted one of Chelsea. After being contacted via Twitter and email with requests, here is my photographers view of the 2014 show gardens.

There is no real order of preference with the gardens, they were photographed over 5 days. My photography is about quality over quantity and making the gardens look like they are not in a show, I haven’t included all the gardens This blog is about the ones that caught my eye as a garden photographer.

Professional garden photographers can apply for 5.30am access, a real bonus as the gardens look at their best, with the best light after sunrise. It is a very busy time for photographers as the images have to be out as quickly as possible, everyone has deadlines and commissions to fulfil so getting a blog out has to take a back seat, though nowadays Twitter works for instant views.

As it is the 50th Anniversary of the RHS Britain in Bloom, I will start with the garden designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould. My own town of Stroud benefits from a great splash of colour in the summer as it puts on displays for Britain in Bloom, as do many other places in Britain. It really brightens up the town and is probably something that is taken for granted, without the floral displays the place would look duller.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden - From the Moors to the Sea - designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden – From the Moors to the Sea – designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

I liked the story behind the garden and it packed in lots of different microclimates ‘from the moors to the sea’.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden - From the Moors to the Sea - designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

RHS Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary Garden – From the Moors to the Sea – designed by Alan Titchmarsh and Kate Gould garden design

The seaside element took me back to when I used to live next to the sea in an old wooden seaside house in Mumbles, Wales. From there it was easy access to go up to the Brecon Beacons, to one of my favourite places Pen Y Fan.

Two rising stars in the garden design world are Harry & David Rich who are from Trefeitha in the Brecon Beacons, their gardens are influenced by their natural surroundings. I first saw their work when I had a commission to photograph the RHS show in Cardiff, where they gained a gold medal. It was my favourite garden there. This year after their Artisan gold medal at Chelsea last year they were on main avenue with “The Night Sky Garden”.

Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Vital Earth – The Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich – Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

I do love their use of natural materials and being a photographer who really enjoys photographing stone, I was pleased to see Welsh stone incorporated into their garden. The stone really added that natural feel to the garden and was one of my favourite elements in all the gardens.

Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

The Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich

It took me a few days to find out whether the garden feature in Luciano Giubbilier’s Best in Show, gold medal garden was wood or stone, I will leave you guessing, it was an element I thought added impact to the garden and also being a landscape and travel photographer added a great landscape into the garden with different light affecting it’s look throughout the day.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

The Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier – Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

This garden was the first I photographed during my 5 days at the show, the light in the morning was very captivating.

 Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor

Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

The garden had stone seats which looked very elegant, but a bit uncomfortable.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Laurent Perrier Garden - Designer: Luciano Giubbilier - Sponsor: Champagne Laurent- Perrier

Seating in the the Laurent Perrier Garden – Designer: Luciano Giubbilier

One place I really wanted to sit was on the oak tree bench in the Adam Frost garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Homebase Garden - Time to Reflect - in association with the Alzheimer's Society -Designer Adam Frost -Sponsor Homebase

The Homebase Garden – Time to Reflect – in association with the Alzheimer’s Society – Designer Adam Frost

Adam’s garden was also a more naturalistic garden that had lots of great elements. I liked the outdoor living area covered with a turf roof and the limestone boulders in the garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 The Homebase Garden - Time to Reflect - in association with the Alzheimer's Society -Designer Adam Frost -Sponsor Homebase

Designer Adam Frost

Another seat I liked the look of for its design, was in the garden designed by Hugo Bugg for the Royal Bank of Canada, but I wouldn’t want it in my own garden.

Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Royal Bank of Canada – Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg – Sponsor RBC

 

Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

concrete seat

The Rich brothers seating again was wooden set between a dry stone wall.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Seating in the Night Sky Garden – Designers: David & Harry Rich

The seating in The Telegraph garden was very contemporary and was part of the stylish garden design.

The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden – Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz

I was quite taken by the garden, I liked the lime trees creating shade in the patio area and perhaps it was because the garden had a large lawn area it appeared open and light.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014- The Telegraph Garden - Designers Tommaso Del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz - Sponsors The Telegraph

My own lawn looks nothing like this one as it has dandelions, daisies, yarrow and many other weeds/medicinal herbs in it and is left to be overgrown in the most part, but at least you could see the Telegraph garden being used by a family, with a space for the children to play.

My first walk round the show gardens I wasn’t very taken by the Cleve West garden as I was looking with a photographers eye and the light wasn’t very good when I saw it. However, at sunrise the garden really clicked into place and the divine light made it truly mesmerising. It was a garden that I kept going back to, it had a peaceful and calming feel to it and I did fall in love with it. This first photo was taken low to the ground at plant level.

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

 

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West –

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

Another garden that was designed for photographers because of the light was the Hope on the Horizon Garden designed by Matthew Keightley making his debut at Chelsea.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley – Sponsors – David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

It was a garden that always had the photographers there as it had so many elements to photograph.

Chelsea RHS Flower Show 2014 - Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -   Sponsors - David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for Help for Heroes

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley

 

Hope on the Horizon Garden - Designer Matt Keightley -

Hope on the Horizon Garden – Designer Matt Keightley –

The Fresh gardens area of the show I always head for, though this year I didn’t get to photograph until the Tuesday as I had other commitments. I loved the Mind’s Eye garden, which was another photographers favourite and it won Best in Show for the Fresh gardens.

The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden for the RNIB – Royal National Institute for the Blind – designers LDC Design – sponsors – Countryside – awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

I could have spent a long time photographing the garden as it had so many great angles and fantastic planting.

The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Mind's Eye garden for the RNIB - Royal National Institute for the Blind - designers LDC Design - sponsors - Countryside - awarded best in show in the Fresh Gardens & Gold medal

The Mind’s Eye garden, designers LDC Design

Although stone and wood were the predominant materials used in the gardens, metal materials were used in a few of them.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer: Matthew Childs Sponsor: Brewin Dolphin

Copper used in the Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer: Matthew Childs

 

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Royal Bank of Canada - Waterscape Garden - Designer Hugo Bugg - Sponsor RBC

Waterscape Garden – Designer Hugo Bugg

The artisans gardens are a treat as they pack lots of great ideas into a small space. The winner of the best Artisan garden went to ‘Togenkyo – A Paradise on Earth’. I didn’t photograph it as I thought it was a bit too much same as before. I did like the Potter’s garden and thought this one deserved the best in show in the Artisans garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Dial A Flight - Potter's Garden - Designer Nature Redesigned - Sponsor DialAFlight

The Dial A Flight – Potter’s Garden – Designer Nature Redesigned

The Topiary garden was also very popular.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - The Topiarist’s Garden - designer Marylyn Abbott - sponsors Zenith44

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 – The Topiarist’s Garden – designer Marylyn Abbott – sponsors Zenith44

As I was born in Leeds I was keen to see the Tour de Yorkshire garden. The bicycle wheels incorporated into the Yorkshire stone wall was a clever idea but I wasn’t very keen on the large pool.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Tour de Yorkshire Garden - Designer Alistair W Baldwin

Tour de Yorkshire Garden – Designer Alistair W Baldwin

The Khora dome made it’s debut at Chelsea and picked up the prestigious president’s award. It looked stunning with the sun rising behind it and the planting was lovely.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Khora Ltd Trade Stand -  Wins the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand and A Five Star Award for the Best Trade Stand

Khora Ltd Trade Stand – won the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand and a Five Star Award

The Iris germanica ‘Deep Black  and ‘Quechee’ stopped me in my tracks on the Cloudy Bay garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden - Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam - Sponsor: Cloudy Bay

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden – Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam

The alliums amongst the grasses were a very photogenic landscape.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 Cloudy Bay Sensory Garden - Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam - Sponsor: Cloudy Bay

Sensory Garden – Designer Andrew Wilson & Gavin McWilliam

No Man’s Land garden had a great dialogue behind it and again was a great garden landscape to photograph.

Chelsea RHS flower show 2014 - Garden - No Man's Land - ABF The Soldiers Charity to mark the centenary of World War One - Designer Charlotte Rowe

Garden – No Man’s Land – ABF The Soldiers Charity to mark the centenary of World War One – Designer Charlotte Rowe

The light on the stone catching the moss juxtaposed with the delicate Astrantia had ruggedness and delicacy in the Rich brothers garden.

RHS Chelsea flower show 2014 - Vital Earth - The Night Sky Garden - Designers: David & Harry Rich - Sponsors: Bord Na Mona UK

Welsh boulder covered in moss with Astrantia in the garden designed by David &ampHarry Rich

Finally on this particular morning I was at Cleve West’s garden as the sun rose with Derek St Romaine and Clive Boursnell, I turned to them both and said “This is why we get up at 4am”, to which they both agreed.

The M&G Garden - designer Cleve West - sponsors M&G Investments

The M&G Garden – designer Cleve West

I look forward to next years show and posting a blog on what caught my eye as a professional garden photographer.


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RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2013 – show gardens at Tatton Park

I decided to devote a seperate photo blog to the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award for 2013 as they were so inspirational and extreemly photogenic.

There were three young garden designers aged 28 and under with gardens in this category supporting young talent embarking on horticultural careers. The theme for 2013 was Eco Innovations and each of the designers had ecologically sustainable and biologically diverse gardens.

The winning designer was Tony Woods with his contemporary garden Escape to the City. He is the founder of the Landscape company Garden Club London. The garden had different areas within it that created small micro-climates that had different habitats and feeding points to encourage wildlife into the city garden. His take on the Eco Innovations theme is that you don`t have to compromise on design to have an ecological garden.

Winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City designed by  Tony Woods built by Garden Club London

Winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal “Escape to the City” designed by Tony Woods built by Garden Club London

The dry stone wall was built to create further habitats for wildlife

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Escape to the City Designed by Tony Woods winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

A kitchen garden area had space for growing fruit, veg and herbs in reused materials.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Reflective rusted pool containers.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Sustainably grown cedar fence batons, decking made from locally sourced old scaffolding boards and living green wall.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Clever use of scaffold planks and planting

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Digitalia `Alba`, Betula trees

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Tony`s garden was one that you could get lost in as a photographer as there were so many great angles, ideas and elements to it and it was teeming with insects.

GreEnCO Sense designed by Christopher James was another eye catching and insect friendly garden. The green bottle wall was very striking and well built.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

GreEnCO Sense designed by Christopher James built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

There was also alot of interest in this garden with the media and it was a strong contender for the title. The bold use of pink steps somehow blended in beautifully with the natural planting of the garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

I have seen lots of logs used in gardens for wildlife but this was a new one for me which I really liked.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

This really was a garden to attract insects.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

A garden to attract bees was The Bees Garden designed by Florian Degroise.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Bees Garden Designed by  Florian Degroise Sponsored by RHS Built by Paul Butler Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

The Bees Garden designed by Florian Degroise
built by Paul Butler Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

It had a large area for entertaining with a square firepit and seating made from reused timber.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Bees Garden Designed by  Florian Degroise Sponsored by RHS Built by Paul Butler Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

For me the other two gardens seemed to have more bee friendly planting in them and Eco Innovations

Congratulations to Tony Woods the overall winner and to Christopher James and Florian Degroise. I look forward to seeing next years finalists.


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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2013 – show gardens

After last years drive up to Knutsford for the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in torrential rain, the omens were looking much better this year – red sky at night – photographers delight. As always for us photographers it was another early pre-dawn start, which is always made much easier with clearer weather as we are always on the search for that perfect dawn light.

The lay out at Tatton this year has changed so myself and other professional garden photographer colleagues on press day played search the show gardens. The show gardens were split into four categories, Galaxy Gardens, Large Gardens, Small gardens and an area for the RHS National Young Designer of the Year finalists gardens (of which I have devoted a seperate blog). After a quick run round looking for where the show gardens were located, there were a few gardens that really caught my eye

The “Gravitational Pull” Galaxy Garden designed by previous Gold medal winners Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis was the first eye catcher on my way in.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

The garden was inspired by the gravitational forces around a black hole, particularly the gravitational pull which enables it to absorb mass from its surroundings. The conical shaped centrepiece was constructed from steel and reused scaffolding boards. Inside the cone a triangular shoot of water obscured the end of the vortex, giving a great visual effect.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

The garden had a very strong presence and was a well deserved Gold and Best Galaxy Garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by  Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Gravitational Pull Designed by Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

I liked its cutting edge design that appears to be Brendan & Leon`s trademark at Tatton. It is also a garden that would fit in well in the Fresh Gardens section, which showcases the best in contemporary design, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

A Stainless Century designed by Phil Hirst celebrated 100 years of the invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley in Sheffield. There was a 3m tall central stainless steel pergola, a rill depicted the pouring of molten steel from a crucible and what at first looked like bark chippings turned out to be rusted steel highlighting the importance of stainless steel as a non-corrosive material.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by Phil HirstSponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst sponsored by Sanctuary Group built by Garden Style awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

Elements in the garden were inspired by Phil`s surroundings in Sheffield, such as his decorative wall panels which are an interpretation of the car park in Sheffield known as the cheese grater.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by Phil HirstSponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst sponsored by Sanctuary Group built by Garden Style awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

There were lots of well thought out details including this fence with cut outs of objects that are made of stainless steel.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by  Phil Hirst Sponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

This was Phil`s first show garden and he turned steel into Gold and won Best Large Garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst

The Mypod Garden designed by seven Landscape Architecture students from Leeds Metropolitan University was about escapism from stresses, pressures and about recuperation with a central Pod encased in a sedum living dome.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a Pod Built by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt and Most Creative Large Garden

The walk down into the earth had some neat details such as the circles cut out from steel on the path and the Yorkshire dry stone wall and moorland planting.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by  Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a Pod Built by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt and Most Creative Large Garden

The path led down to the partly underground secluded retreat. The garden was awarded Most Creative Large Garden and Silver Gilt.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

Inside The Pod

The dawn light hitting the The Water Garden had the photographers interest.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Water Garden Designed by  Harry Levy Sponsored by The Pond Building Company awarded Silver Gilt

The Water Garden Designed by Harry Levy
Sponsored by The Pond Building Company awarded Silver Gilt

Usually I am waiting for warm light to hit a garden, however for the Reflections of Japan Garden I was waiting for the garden to be in shadow as I had envisioned a set of black and white photographs to give a more minimalist Zen feel to the garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Reflections of Japan Designed by Graham Hardman
Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Reflections of Japan Designed by Graham Hardman
Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

I first spotted giant pebbles in the Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Robert Myers at Chelsea this year, their presence gave a Zen like calming influence with their polished surface. The Networks: A Garden for Cancer Research designed by Mary Hoult also made use of them.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Networks: A Garden for Cancer Research Designed by  Mary Hoult awarded Gold Medal

A Garden for Cancer Research Designed by Mary Hoult awarded Gold Medal

The Alzheimer’s Society “Remember to Reflect” Garden Designed by Louise Harrison had large stepping stones over a reflective pool that led to a contemporary stone seating area.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Alzheimer's Society Remember to Reflect Garden Designed by Louise Harrison Holland Blue Tulip Garden Design Sponsored by Mills & Reeve awarded Gold medal

Alzheimer’s Society Remember to Reflect Garden Designed by Louise Harrison-Holland
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve awarded Gold medal

Having my own organic allotment I was naturally drawn to the The Home Guard-ener designed by Gary Hillery & Ken Walton of Finchale college. It was designed to show how families relied on their edible garden during the Second World War.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Home Guard-ener Designed by  Gary Hillery & Ken Walton Sponsored by Finchale College awarded Silver Gilt

The Home Guard-ener Designed by Gary Hillery & Ken Walton Sponsored by Finchale College awarded Silver Gilt

The layout of the show gardens took some getting used to this year as they seemed a bit too scattered around and many had distracting backgrounds for photography, but they were not short on innovation and were packed full of great inspirational ideas.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by  Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Inside “Gravitational Pull”

Thanks to all the designers, builders and sponsors, I look forward to returning to Tatton in 2014 and photographing the show gardens.


 

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A garden photographers reflection on the show gardens at RHS Tatton Park show 2012

The one thing I remember about going up to Tatton Park last year was the drive there in rain the likes of I haven`t seen before, except in the monsoon in Asia. I nearly turned back twice as the road conditions were so bad, though I am pleased I didn`t. The wet summer of 2012, Diamond Jubilee year is now legendary..

The Diamond Garden designed by Russell Watkinson awarded Bronze Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Diamond Garden designed by Russell Watkinson awarded Bronze

Today sweltering in 30C heat in my studio, conditions are looking much better for the exhibitors and designers (though undoubtedly of course this year it will be too hot!)

The Mornflake garden won Gold and Best Show Garden. I had to wait some time to get some good photographs of this garden as the wind was quite fierce and light not so good until one evening when the sun filtered through, which quite often happens at Tatton.

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The stonework for this garden was really well executed and the stone circle above had me transfixed at the craftsmanship.

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Mornflake Garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

As a garden, travel and landscape photographer I walk around the gardens before photographing them to see which ones catch my eye (invariably they turn out to be show winners). Last years show there were a few that I wanted to train my lens on and I hoped for good light.

Owen Morgans show garden To the Beat won Gold and Best in Show in the orchestra gardens category.

To the Beat designed by Owen Morgan awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

To the Beat designed by Owen Morgan awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Again in that early evening Tatton light the garden really came to life and was one of my favourites along with The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis. I remember taking some time over this garden and Brendan coming over for a chat, I told him I was taking some time, which was a good sign, it was later awarded gold.

The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

One of the reasons I like photographing at Tatton is there are usually some very innovative gardens.

Borinda paperifyra bamboo Untie the Wind garden designed by Sheena Seeks awarded Gold & BEST VISIONARY GARDEN

Borinda Paperifyra bamboo Untie the Wind garden designed by Sheena Seeks awarded Gold & Best Visionary Garden
Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

In my own garden and organic allotment I like to incorporate reused materials. I was tipped off on twitter to check out Tristen Knight`s garden Brownfield Beauty which was inspired by a passion for 19th and early 20th century industrial architecture on brownfield sites. His rill incorporated reused materials and gained him the title of RHS National Young Designer of the Year.

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I also liked the use of this old red letter box in the Sister Suffragette garden designed by Janet Leigh.

Sister Suffragette designed by Janet Leigh awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Sister Suffragette designed by Janet Leigh awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I am pleased that gardens are getting more and more insect friendly and each year more innovative, though I did have mixed views about this tower block insect hotel.

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Though the garden was very eye catching.

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

This garden I sat in one evening after a long 2 days of photography and felt really relaxed and contemplative in it.

A Prison Garden for Rehabilitation through Wellbeing garden designed by Katharine Wills awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

A Prison Garden for Rehabilitation through Wellbeing garden designed by Katharine Wills awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I look forward to seeing the new look RHS Tatton show for 2013 as it has been re- designed into four colour coded zones to make it easier for visitors to find areas they are interested in, lets hope it doesn`t miss out the innovative gardens.

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I am a member of the Garden Media Guild and secretary of the Professional Garden Photographers Association. I specialise in photographing show gardens, allotments, organic gardens, plant portraits and illustrating books & magazine articles.

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The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

A recent survey showed that gardeners and florists topped the list of happiest workers.

Having travelled the world as a travel and landscape photographer, a few years back I was commissioned to illustrate the medicinal plants that featured in the Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby.

The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby

The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby

I already had a keen interest in horticulture as I have an organic allotment and love tending to my garden whilst also letting swathes of it run free. This particular book commission changed my direction, I fell in love with photographing plants and gardens.

Travel and landscape photography can be quite a solitary profession, this all changed when I was asked to photograph at the RHS Malvern Show. I met the most amazing friendly passionate people involved in so many different areas of horticulture. I was hooked and from that point I now divide time between garden and travel photography.

My personal reasons why I love garden and plant photography is because the photos can be taken in all seasons, whatever the weather, and I get to meet amazing people who are involved in all aspects of horticulture.

Enough said cut to the photos:

Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, view across pond to Exedra and Red House both reflected in pond

Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, view across pond to Exedra and Red House both reflected in pond

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunrise

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunrise

Interior of Hartley Botanic greenhouse Chelsea flower show 2012

Interior of Hartley Botanic greenhouse Chelsea flower show 2012

Echinacea "Green Envy" dusk

“Grasses with Grace”, Awarded Gold Medal, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire 2011, Designed by Sue Beesly, Bluebell Cottage Gardens & Nursery

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens & Villagio Verde, Awarded Silver Gilt, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The M & G Garden,  Designer Andy Sturgeon;    Sponsor; M& G Investments   Awarded Gold

The M & G Garden, Designer Andy Sturgeon; Sponsor; M& G Investments Awarded Gold

     Show Gardens; The Brewin Dolphin Garden   Designer Cleve West;    Sponsor; Brewin Dolphin   Awarded Gold & Best in Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer Cleve West; Sponsor; Brewin Dolphin Awarded Gold & Best in Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Photography     Show Gardens; The World Vision Garden Designer Flemons Warland Design ;    Sponsor; World vision Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The World Vision Garden Designer Flemons Warland Design ; Sponsor; World vision Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Stephen Studd Photography     Fresh Gardens; Rainbows Childrens Hospital Garden;   Designers Chris Gutteridge,  Ant Cox & Jon Owens (Second Nature Gardens);        Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Fresh Gardens; Rainbows Childrens Hospital Garden; Designers Chris Gutteridge, Ant Cox & Jon Owens (Second Nature Gardens); Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

For the florists;

Awarded Gold & Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio: NAFAS, Tatton Park RHS Flower show 2011 Cheshire

Awarded Gold & Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio: NAFAS, Tatton Park RHS Flower show 2011 Cheshire

Monday blues:

Grow your own

Allium Purple Sensation against the sun

Allium Purple Sensation against the sun

Borage Officinalis from The Cottage Herbery garden, Malvern 2012

Borage Officinalis from The Cottage Herbery garden, Malvern 2012

Gardens can regenerate abandoned spaces

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

“Urban Oasis” by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

Recycle and reuse materials

Garden made with recycled and reused materials "Regeneration" Designed by Jane Grenan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Garden made with recycled and reused materials “Regeneration” Designed by Jane Grenan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Gardening involves community;

allotments overlooking Crown & Sceptre Stroud

Allotments overlooking Crown & Sceptre Stroud which runs Britain’s only pub-run Country Fair

Crown and Sceptre stroud country fair marquee with exhibits

Crown and Sceptre Stroud country fair marquee with exhibits, evening a good old knees up takes place.

"The Schedule", awarded Gold Medal, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire 2011, designed by Gary Hillery, Ken Walton, Finchale Training College

woman holding organic garlic bulbs Thermidrome ready for planting late autumn Allium sativum

woman holding organic garlic bulbs Thermidrome ready for planting late autumn Allium sativum

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Longor shallots ready for planting late winter, hazel dibber and bag full of shallots

Longor shallots ready for planting late winter, hazel dibber and bag full of shallots

Begonia Rex L`Escargot IGPOTY Macro Art Begonia Fractal by Stephen Studd

Begonia Fractal, commended Macro Art category IGPOTY competition 2012

Awarded Silver Flora "The Rain Garden"; Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2011 garden designed by Rhea Lyn Parkes

Iris

Homage to Edward Weston

3rd place IGPOTY; Homage to Edward Weston

Garlic chive seedhead in snow, winter

DIONAEA MUSCIPULA, Venus fly trap

Punk; IGPOTY commended monochrome

Sarracenia flava (heavy veined), pitcher plant

Organic kale seedling Nero de Toscana emerging in May planted in greenhouse

Organic kale seedling Nero de Toscana emerging in May

Dahlia

A big thanks to all those who have welcomed me into the wonderful world of plants and to those who I am yet to meet and to all those that have become friends along this path. Wishing everyone an amazing 2013 and years ahead of happiness in the horticultural field.

Special thanks to Rachel Corby for The Medicine Garden book commission.

More pretty pictures at http://www.stephenstuddphotography.com

For the tweeters https://www.twitter.com/StephenPhotos

I can be contacted for photography commissions on  00447706119609

I am a member of the Garden Media Guild and secretary of the Professional Garden Photographers Association

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Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

This years Malvern Spring Gardening Show started off very wet and muddy. The show garden designers had it tough on the lead up to the show with record amounts of rain. Thankfully the show went on and after a wet start to Thursday the subsequent days were dry and sunny.

Graduate Gardeners Ltd garden “A Place to Reflect” designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison gained them their 5th gold and fourth in a row Best Show Garden.  The vertical fern wall and stainless steel water chute  was a much talked about feature.

Vertical gardening featuring fern wall and water feature "A Place to Reflect", designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Vertical living fern wall and stainless steel water chute; Graduate Gardeners Ltd “A Place to Reflect” designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Gold and Best in Show Garden

The seating area backed by a highly skilled laid Cotswold dry stone wall and a circular butterfly garden wall feature.

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Seating area and Cotswold dry stone wall

Stepping stones over a black pebble pool lead you to the rear of the garden.

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold & Best in Show, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar (A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens, the alchemists of stone, with Villagio Verde`s ancient olive trees amongst the cascades of water and the Mediterranean herbs on the slope at 5.30am sunrise transported me to the Alpujarras in Spain, especially with the deep cyan sky and warm light.

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens & Villagio Verde, Awarded Silver Gilt, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Mediterranean herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary drift around the garden.

Lavender, thyme and rosemary

Lavender, thyme and rosemary

The refreshing water cascade running down two sides of the garden over reclaimed stone run into a deep cavern.

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The cascade running down both sides of the garden disappear in to a cavern.

 

“Hasten Slowly” designed by Imogen Cox Associates was a large show garden with an amazing green oak pergola reminiscent of a barn frame, paved underneath, with a rill running through the garden into the wildlife pond.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Green Oak pergola; “Hasten Slowly” designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The rill runs straight through the garden over the path under the pergola with a gentle flow to the wildlife pond which is edged with Primulas and Geums.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Rill flowing through the garden into the wildlife pond

Hanging over a formal pool is a seat attached to a grand green oak frame.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

 

The theme for the School Gardens was Sustainability for All. Our future young designers gave us lots of very useful and practical ideas for reducing waste and reusing materials for living in a more sustainable way.

The Good Life, designed by Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester

The Good Life, designed by Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester

Winners Best School Garden; George`s Marvellous Medicine, Designed by Burlish Park Primary School, Theme; Sustainability for All.

Winners Best School Garden; George`s Marvellous Medicine, Designed by Burlish Park Primary School, Theme; Sustainability for All.

recycled reused materials being used as growing containers

recycled reused materials being used as growing containers

With the very difficult conditions we have experienced in Spring the floral Marquee still managed to put on a great display, though many of the nurseries had needed better conditions for full bloom.

My favourite flower at the show was Meconopsis Sheldonii- Himalayan Blue Poppy, photographed from underneath looking up in to the flower.

Meconopsis Sheldonii  - Himalayan Blue Poppy

Meconopsis Sheldonii – Himalayan Blue Poppy

Next stop Chelsea.