It hardly seems like 5 minutes ago we were in London with our Container Garden for The Chelsea Flower Show and here we were again exhibiting another show garden, this time for Taunton Flower Show!
The garden at Taunton Flower Show was inspired by the Story of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Bees and highlighted the importance of creating a habitat for pollinating insects.
In the design we used a selection of mid to late summer perennial plants, rich in nectar for both day and nighttime pollinators, a multi-stem silver birch tree and a native hedge on two sides, perfect to provide places for insects to hibernate and shelter, and finally a shallow pool of water for the insects to drink in safety.
In keeping with the story Winnie, who is always on the look out for honey used his blue balloon to pretend he was a rain cloud and float up to the bee’s nest high up in the silver birch tree to steal their honey, whilst Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet watched his antics from below knowing that it will not end well.
We were delighted to win a gold medal for our design garden and in addition we were awarded The Bellman Memorial Cup for Horticultural Excellence by the family and Directors of Monkton Elm Garden Centre, for the exhibit they considered to be the best across the whole showground, so we felt very proud indeed.
I think we have earned a little holiday now, but no doubt we will soon be planning a show garden for next year!
Photographs: Fiona Walsh Photography