Garden House Design to build Crabtree & Evelyn Show Garden

Botanical Garden
Crabtree and Evelyn – The Botanical Studio Show Garden

Garden House Design are delighted to reveal that they have been commissioned to build the Crabtree & Evelyn show garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year. The show garden, titled The Botanical Studio, and designed by award winning garden designer Jade Goto, takes its inspiration from the traditional ‘Still Room’.

Still rooms existed at a time when the garden played an integral role in daily life – a time when fresh flowers, herbs and fruits from gardens and orchards were distilled to make fragrant waters for the bath and soothing essences for the skin while fruit preserves were also created to brighten the winter larder. Crabtree & Evelyn still model themselves on this, the early home apothecary, or ‘still room’. Long before the natural and wellness movement became popular, Crabtree & Evelyn was wholeheartedly embracing the riches of the natural world, introducing product ranges made with fruit, flower and plant essences.

The aroma from one of Crabtree & Evelyn’s fragrances or body products, are a carefully crafted blend of top, heart and base notes. This concept is brought to life in The Botanical Studio Garden through tiers that display the type of ingredients found at each of these stages. It’s as if you are walking through the scent itself.

Scented pathways take visitors on a fragrant journey, set out to reveal the perfume-inspiring qualities of flowers and botanicals used in Crabtree & Evelyn products.
 
The garden will be planted in stepped tiers reflecting the base, heart and top notes of classic perfumery creation. Raised planters of singular species temporarily tame the abundant nature of fragrant notes, allowing the viewer to stop and inhale the essence of each scent. This mono-planting is inspired by the perfume fields of Grasse in Provence.

At the garden’s heart sits a stunning glass botanical studio, inspired by the traditional still room where a Crabtree & Evelyn perfumer will be practising their art.

Garden House Design are no stranger to RHS Shows having so far received 5 RHS medals for their construction of show gardens over the past few years. Passionate landscapers and horticulturists, the team at Garden House Design are enthusiastically working behind the scenes to prepare for what will hopefully be their 6th RHS medal winning show garden.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show takes place between the 5th and 10th of July.

APL World Skills Finals – 2014

APL World Skills Finals – 2014

13 November 2014

 

We are very proud to be part of this exciting WorldSkills programme encourgaging more talented youngesters into our industry. Rod, one of our Directors is one of the judges so is delighted to be right in the thick of things!

And they are off!

APL WorldSkills UK finalists compete at Skills Show

 

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening final is underway at the The Skills Show at the Birmingham  NEC with six landscaping students competing for the ‘Best in the UK’ title.

After reaching the qualifying benchmark at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July the six students this morning started on the challenge of completing a garden design in just 18 hours over the next 3 days. The garden has once again been designed by Alexandra Froggatt. Their creations will need to be completed by 11 am on Saturday 15 November with the winner being announced at The Skills Show Big Celebration Event on Saturday evening.

The finalists Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Birks from Bishop Burton College, and Robert Wylie, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE will be scored in every aspect of landscape design including:

  • Planning and marking out, including height measurements.
  • Hard landscape features including, small unit paving, block work, paving with  flagstones, foundations and footings, water features.
  • Timber work, pergolas, fence details, decking.
  • Plants and turf. This includes both plan and freestyle planting methods.

Judges for the competition include garden designer Jody Lidgard, who has run his own landscaping firm for over 18 years, award winning APL member Rod Winrow from Garden House Design and 2011 WorldSkillsUK Silver medal winner Simon Abbott.

As well as the competition, the APL will be hosting a showcase area where visitors will be able to view demonstrations on how to do paving, how to lay deck board and how to plant and stake a tree.  Visitors will be invited to “Have a Go” at planting their own border with the help of Garden on a Roll with the most creative border winning a prize.

The APL would like to thank sponsors Greenwood Nursery, Greenline Plants, Makita UK, Jewsons, Marshalls and Suttons Seeds for their support for the show.

The APL is the organising partner for the Landscape Gardening section of the WorldSkills UK competition.  The aim of the competition is to inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.  Entering the competitions is proven to catapult a person’s career, build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.

For more information visit www.theskillsshow.com

Contacts
APL Media Office
Tel: 0118 930 3132
Email: media.office@the-hta.org.uk

APL Worldskills 2014

Rod, one of our directors was recently asked by the Association of Professional Landscapers to join the judging team this week for the APL Worldskills at RHS Tatton. Here’s more about the event;

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finalists have been revealed at RHS Flower Show Tatton.



World Skills

Following a 22 hour build in sweltering temperatures at the show, Robert Wylie of CAFRE was declared the top scorer of the Landscape Gardening Competition, organised by the APL.

However, due to the high standard of work and all six students reaching the qualifying benchmark for the finals, Richard Carden from Reaseheath College, Sam Burks from Bishop Burton College, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE will now progess and compete again at the final at The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC, where one of them will win Gold and be crowned the UK's Best Landscape Gardener.

The garden was designed by Alexandra Froggatt and competitors were scored in every aspect of landscape design including:

• Plan and mark out, including height measurements.

• Hard landscape features including, small unit paving, block work, paving with flagstones, foundations and footings, water features.

• Timber work, pergolas, fence details, decking.

• Plants and turf. This includes both plan and freestyle planting methods.

Judges for the Landscape Gardening competition include garden designer Jody Lidgard, who has run his own landscaping firm for over 18 years, award winning APL member Rod Winrow from Garden House Design and 2011 WorldSkillsUK medal winner Simon Abbott.

Lead judge Jody Lidgard said; "Congratulations to all the competitors. It was a very close competition and workmanship was high in all gardens. I have every admiration for the lads who just keopt going despite the heat. They all should be proud of their achievements and they have represented their colleges with pride."



The APL were also delighted to win a Highly Commended award for their WorldSkills UK show feature.

Special thanks to sponsors Makita, Marshalls, Jewson and Greenwood Plants for their support in the WorldSkills competition.