Herald - Issue 458

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With twenty Feature and Showcase Gardens, Beautiful Borders and College Competition Gardens to view, the Spring Fair’s panels of show assessors had a tough job on their hands. Assessing the spectacular Showcase and College Competition Gardens were multi awardwinning garden designers, Richard Barnard (Kings Oak Landscapes), Pippa Probert (BBC Two Your Garden Made Perfect, Outer Spaces Landscaping and Design) and Professor David Stevens. For the Beautiful Borders, assessors were Ian Hodgson, editor of Garden News, Anita Foy, the Hampshire-based garden designer, and Phil Tremayne, General Manager of the Association of Professional Landscapers. installed at the school as a permanent education and wellbeing space for students. Richard Barnard, assessment panel Chair, said: “This year’s show gardens are the best we’ve ever had at the Spring Fair, and The Inner Dancer garden was simply brilliant. So much thought has gone into it with a very exacting build. It’s a very comfortable space that feels safe, and I think it will work very well for the young people that use it.” On receiving his award, winner Matt Le Gassick, said: “I’m so proud of what our team has created. There’s so much innovation, thought, creativity and passion here, and I have great respect for the other teams. I never thought we’d win so I feel ecstatic and humbled at the same time! This garden will make such a difference to the children who will enjoy this special space.” e compact Beautiful Borders are a popular feature at all BBC Gardeners’ World events and provide achievable inspiration and exciting takehome ideas for small gardens and challenging spaces. ese imaginative 9m2 plots are always packed with interesting planting, materials and design features, designed this year to re ect the theme, ‘Share My Space’. Best Beautiful Border and a Platinum award were presented to Southampton-based garden designers Andrew Williamson and Laura Hall for Together. e design was inspired by the warm, welcoming and supportive space provided for people a ected by cancer at Maggie’s Southampton, and featured two simple block benches set amongst a woodland-style glade with so , calming colours and textures. Ian Hodgson, Assessment panel Chair, said: “The standard of Borders at the Spring Fair gets higher each year, with real innovation and creativity underpinned Best Showcase Garden and a Platinum award were presented to award-winning landscape designer Matt Le Gassick, founder of Inbud, for e Inner Dancer. The garden was designed in partnership with Great Oaks School, a specialist secondary school in Southampton for young people with complex learning di culties. e design was inspired by the school’s ethos to support students to nd their path in life. Features included a timber maze, a central gathering place, secluded spaces and a carpet of native ora, synonymous with the New Forest and South Downs National Park. A er the Spring Fair, the garden will be Left to Right: Lord Montagu, Frances Tophill and Kevin Smith opening the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair at Beaulieu The Inner Dancer – winner of Best Showcase Garden and a Platinum award Continued on page 5