SQUIRE’S Garden Centres’ Urban Rain Garden has won a Silver Gilt medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The garden was designed by Rhiannon Williams of Landform Consultants, one of the youngest designers at the show aged just 23, and was entered into the new RHS category ‘Gardens for a Changing World’, which reflects the more sustainable direction that gardening is taking worldwide.
It showcases clever rainwater management techniques, so that all rainwater and run-off from the house is redirected, stored and used within the garden.
A really unusual feature of the design is that there is both a front and back garden with a walkway between. This allows show visitors a 360-degree view of the garden, giving it an interactive feel.
Natural stone supplied by London Stone and a stunning planting scheme goes to show that gardening can be sustainable without compromising beauty.
Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire’s, which has a centre at Badshot Lea, near Farnham, said: “It’s a beautiful garden which is contemporary and sophisticated, and it is also thought provoking as it addresses the issues of climate change and sustainability.
“Planting is zoned to deal with varying water levels within the garden, using a subtle colour palette of purples, greens, yellows and whites.
“The garden is a very relaxing space to be in, and the craftsmanship and execution is second to none.”
Designer Rhiannon said of her medal: “I couldn’t be more thrilled. This has been a fantastic experience from start to finish and the team has been amazing.
“I always wanted to create spaces that are beautiful, functional and inspirational and The Urban Rain Garden will hopefully do just that.”
“My aim was to demonstrate how designed interventions, both small and large, can be incorporated into our gardens, to allow us to adopt a more sustainable approach to water management,” added Rhiannon.