The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) awarded 154 prestigious medals to the gardens, floristry and floral and plant exhibitors at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
As the world's largest flower show, the medals are given to horticultural exhibits as a mark of excellence – and a gold medal in particular is the highest accolade sought by garden designers.
Among the winners, and triumphant with three accolades, is the B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden designed by Matthew Childs and built by Tecwyn Evans. Not only was the garden awarded a gold medal, it also won Best Show Garden and Best Construction Award.
RHS judge, James Alexander-Sinclair, revealed exactly why the garden won: ‘RHS Hampton Court Palace never fails to provide something for everyone with a huge range of different styles and interests on display, and we’re particularly excited about our Best Show Garden this year, which added a much needed breath of fresh colour and zing to a hot July day.’
Steve Guy, market director for outdoor at B&Q, said winning a medal was 'the icing on the cake', whilst revealing the retailer has 'sold nearly 5 million plugs' of the much-loved bedding plant with 2,000 present in the garden.
Award-winning garden designer Matthew Childs said: 'I’m immensely proud of this medal win, especially as we have hit gold! The colourful, lively hero of our garden, the Imara Bizzie Lizzie, has inspired our bold colours, waterjets and shady spaces – which are perfect for the busy lizzie to flourish in.'
About the Busy Lizzie garden
The garden heroes the return of the beloved Busy Lizzie back into UK gardens, following its six-year hiatus after getting struck down by downy mildew disease. For years B&Q worked exclusively with Syngenta Flowers to develop the Imara Bizzie Lizzie, a disease-resistant variety of the plant, which launched in stores April this year. Since its return, the Busy Lizzies have become one of B&Q's fastest selling plants ever.
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With a 2.5-meter living wall, green leafy trees, and a small stream running beneath the bisecting pathway, the garden also aims to encourage visitors to think differently about their outdoor space by showcasing a multi-purpose and multi-functional garden that includes an outdoor bedroom and bar.
The remaining Show Gardens that won Gold medals are as follows:
- Designed by Rosemary Coldstream
- Built by The Outdoor Room
- Designed by Tom Simpson
- Built by Rosebank Landscaping
- Designed by Jody Lidgard, Nick Fryer and Tim Lidgard
- Built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and Nicholas Edwards Gardens
- Designed by Rhiannon Williams
- Built by Landform Consultants & London Stone
How are Show Gardens judged? The judging process explained:
Delivery of client's brief
- Will the imagined client be happy with the end result?
- Have the design objectives of the garden been achieved?
- How original is the design of the garden?
- Does the layout of the garden work for its supposed purpose?
- Is the choice of materials aesthetically pleasing and does it complement the garden?
- Does the garden work as a whole?
- Are the plant associations shown in the garden correct according to species and cultural relevance?
- Do the planting choices work together visually to create impact?
A superb finish and attention to detail are expected across the whole garden.
- What standard is the build quality?