We have had a really exciting year. After supporting The Teenage Cancer Trust for several years with an event called 'Marial Arts fighting Cancer', you can find out more at www.fight-cancer.co.uk.
The charity and I decided between us to apply to do a show garden at RHS Tatton Flower Show 2008. www.rhs.org.uk/tatton
We came up with a design called 'Punk's Not Dead', which explored the cultural clash between teenagers and their parents generation.
Bob Sweet RHS Shows Organisor and Kris Hulewicz the show manager interviewed Jon Tilley the designer for Dragonfly and were delighted to offer us a place at Tatton. See details at TATTON.
The show was soon here and the two weeks preparation time was passing fast.Our company was up against some big competition, with the Northwest Development agencies, 'Celebrating Cheshire’s Year of Gardens ‘08' and Manchester Universities 'East meets West' investing huge amounts of money. These two gardens incidently were the only two garden to get Gold medals, (I hope that this is not an indication that the only show gardens in the future to get golds, will be the big spenders). Even with this competiton and our modest budget we were proud to win a silver medal. We are already planning next years shows, and we are hoping to enter a conceptial garden design into RHS Hampton Court. It is a difficult section to win a place, but we feel that we have a strong idea - time will tell.
Incidenly we approached the RHS and suggested they should open a new section at Tatton called the 15K garden, which would be in the budget of a reasonable suburban house hold. What do you think?