SILVER MEDAL WINNERS!
We are extremely proud of ourselves, relieved and over the moon with the results. For first time show garden exhibitors, with no qualifications and a lot of the time feeling like we were not going to make it, we got there and we did extremely well!
For the main round of judging, the whole site needs to be cleared from 1pm until at least 5pm, so we took the opportunity to go up into the hills and explore the site we had been lucky enough to see every day for 3 and a half weeks.
We parked at British Camp, and went to the hotel opposite for a bite to eat before making the short ascent to the top. The views were incredible. Unfortunately due to the 50mph winds we were experiencing that day, we didn’t quite make it to the Iron Age fort at the top.
50mph winds meant we were taking no chances with our flowers!
Every gardens gets 2 minutes to talk to the assessing judges about anything which has changed since the brief and anything we would like to draw their eye to. We then have to clear the site for 30minutes while they fully assess our garden against the brief as well as the judging criteria. These assessors then feedback to the main judges before a medal is awarded.
Snippet of the finished product
Today Caitlin stayed on site and continued planting the plot while Tessa went off to Shropshire to collect the beautiful charred oak seating blocks.
Unfortunately the Sat Nav did not choose the more direct route, and part of the journey was spent on single lane country roads.
To add more to the not so well planned day, the benches did not fit in the car. We then had to get Chris Nangle, the designer to drop them off in Malvern that afternoon.
Wasted journey but at least when the benches were in-situ they looked great!
An early start for a busy day which began with a second visit to Grange Farm Nursery to collect what we had put on hold at the beginning of the week. A car boot full later we are feeling slightly more confident that we might just have enough plants.
On site we waited around for the RHS Judging representation to arrive so that we could pick their brains on several questions we had on how the judges might view our plot, design and changes. This was a very useful exercise and it meant we now knew that the planting space under the tree would be viewed as partial shade as in a woodland, rather than the full sun it receives in the showground. We are now able to order the correct plants, quite last minute to fit the appropriate area.
Mid-afternoon it was off again, ‘over-the-hill’ as the locals say, and off to Wyevale Nursery in Hereford. Here we collected another car load of plants, this time a range of Festuca and Stipa grasses to bulk out our already existing planting plans.
The boot was not quite big enough, with Caitlin having to look after one in her footwell for the whole journey home.