In November, we visited London on two occasions, the first was to attend The Garden Media Guild Awards Luncheon at The Savoy Hotel. Regular readers of my column will remember that we attended this event last year for the first time, and we enjoyed it so much, we decided to go again this year.
This year, The Guild supported three chosen charities, Perennial, Thrive and Greenfingers, and I was fortunate to sit next to Sue Allen, the Chair of Greenfingers.
I was very interested to find out about the work of the charity who provide life-limited children, their families, and carers support by creating outdoors spaces for children’s hospices, providing emotional support through the power and pleasure of nature, championing being away from the bedside and embracing being outdoors with all its many benefits.
The event was hosted by Manjo Malde, the award-winning garden designer, who you may recognize as one of the designers on the popular Channel 4 TV show, Your Garden Made Perfect presented by Angela Scanlon.
Congratulations to all the recipients of awards this year, but the most popular winner of the afternoon was author, photographer, and broadcaster Barbara Segall for her Outstanding Contribution to Horticulture.
Our second visit in the month was to The Pro-Landscaper Awards at Ex-Cel in London. The Mary Anning Space to Learn Garden we exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May had been shortlisted for The Temporary Installation Category and we were very excited.
We arrived at Ex-Cel just after lunch and visited the various trade stands and talked to suppliers of some amazing products. Not surprisingly I came away with a large bag of leaflets, so plenty of inspiration for future garden design projects.
The award ceremony for the Small Project Awards in Association with Provender Nurseries started after we had finished a delicious 3 course meal; I could get used to all this fine dining and was hosted by RHS Chelsea Flower Show Multi-Award-Winning Landscaper, Mark Gregory.
These awards recognise projects in the landscaping sector with a value under £50K, giving companies and individuals the opportunity to showcase smaller budget projects, and the large impact they have.
Divisional Director David Griffiths said: the quality and quantity of entries has been incredible, and we are delighted to see so many new entrants. There were so many amazing examples of projects that delivered and demonstrated the technical ability and problem-solving skills of our sector. Congratulations to our category winners, you have beaten some stiff competition.
The moment finally arrived when the category we had been shortlisted for, supported by IRO Timber, was announced, and we were delighted to learn we had won the Award for the Best Temporary Installation for our RHS Chelsea Container Garden!
We feel very proud and honored to have been awarded this prize but, it is not just about Andrew and me. We had an amazing team behind us at RHS Chelsea Flower Show who helped make this garden possible, so our thanks go out to them, we could not have done it without you!
Until next time