We are so delighted for Ruth Willmott
Morris & Co built by Garden Builders and sponsored by Morris & Co reimagines two of Morris’s iconic patterns won a Gold medal.
Morris’s first pattern Trellis (1862) inspires the garden layout and pathways and one of his most famous patterns Willow Boughs (1887) is reflected in the design of the pavilion and water channels. The pavilion incorporates patterned posts and intricate metal screens and the garden brings his continuing legacy to a contemporary audience. A selection of plants from Morris’s designs are included alongside cultivars of cottage garden favourites. The planting reflects his love of colour – earthy reds, apricots and blues predominate – while providing food and habitat for birds. (photos and extract from RHS website)
We are so thrilled for Pollyanna
Built by Landcraft and Sponsored by Mothers for Mothers and Project Giving Back, Pollyanna Wilkinson’s design depicting a journey through motherhood won the People’s Choice Award in the Sanctuary and All About Gardens category and a Silver Medal.
The expression ‘This too shall pass’ is a mantra passed between mothers navigating the challenges of raising young children and the associated mental health challenges that can come with it, from post natal depression, to anxiety and isolation. This garden is a garden for mothers and represents a place of transition: from despair to hope. A cloister of bronze-toned walls and archways represent how long days at home with a baby can feel like either a sanctuary or a cage. A fractured pathway through the garden demonstrates the physical and mental journey of nurture and repair. For the planting, what starts as a restrained, muted palette gives way to a joyful, feminine celebration of colour, as the road to recovery, supported by other mothers, becomes clear. (photos and extract from RHS website)