Sponsored by Glendale and designed by Gardening World Cup 2014 best in show winner Paul Hervey-Brookes, the Perennial Legacy Garden brings together a team from across the horticulture industry, working together to show support for their trade charity.The garden aims to inspire people to think about their own legacy and the difference their help can make to the lives of others.
The show garden is based on elements of a large English country estate, featuring long herbaceous borders, a pavilion and a separate walled working garden with gardener's bothy and nursery beds.The planting palette takes its inspiration from long mixed borders such as those at Arley Hall and Upton House.
A large proportion of Perennial's work is funded by the generosity of those who remember Perennial in their will. Legacy donations make up over half of Perennial's voluntary income.
Perennial marketing and development director Anita Bates said: "Perennial was established by the owners of the country houses of Great Britain to look after the gardeners who worked tirelessly to plant and maintain the estate gardens. Our show garden reflects that tradition of support and we hope it will highlight our continued need for legacy income in order to help all those who work in the UK's horticultural community today. Paul has done a fantastic job in creating a celebration of this tradition and a garden that is as inspirational today as it would have been in the 19th century.
"The garden is a huge team effort bringing together a top designer, a great sponsor, quality suppliers and landscapers. It will also bring home why it is in the interest of everyone working in this industry that Perennial is here, to provide a safety net if ever they should need it. But it's not just horticulturists that support Perennial. We have a long history of help from garden-loving members of the public, many of whom have chosen to leave us a gift in their will to help continue our work."
Glendale managing director Andy Corcoran said: "Glendale is committed in its support for Perennial and it's a real pleasure to make our mark on this wonderful show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Our support involves the donation of 2,000 plants and five trees which will be planted in the garden, and we're looking forward to seeing them blossom as part of the finished project. Representatives from Glendale will also be working in the garden so it really will have the Glendale stamp.
"It's our aim to help horticulturists in need through our long-term association with Perennial and hope the Perennial Legacy Garden serves as a reminder that those who care for the green spaces of modern Britain are not always as visible as the gardens, parks, landscapes and sportsgrounds they meticulously maintain."
The garden's designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes says of his only UK show garden this year: "I am really pleased with how well everything has come together as we have built this garden and we hope visitors will enjoy it. I am proud to be working with Perennial and helping raise awareness of the incredible work they do to help horticulturists – it is vitally important particularly for those in our industry to support the charity so it can continue to help those most in need."
Further support and materials for the garden are being provided by Rolawn, Travis Perkins, Readyhedge, Bulldog Tools (Rollins Group Ltd), Wotmix cement, Bradstone and Haddonstone. The garden has been built by Cheshire based contractor G K Wilson Landscapes.