Panel announces finalists for Westonbirt garden festival

Top garden designers to compete at Westonbirt in front of an expected 150,000 visitors

A panel of garden experts has selected finalists for a major garden design festival. Event organisers expect up to 150,000 visitors to this year’s Westonbirt Festival of the Garden, up from 100,000 last year. Director Therese Lang, of festival founder TJM Associates, said judges selected 13 finalists from more than 200 entries. Each finalist receives £15,000 from the Forestry Commission, which runs Westonbirt, for materials. Lang said: “The event gets the designers a lot of work. It also shows visitors it is not a terrifying or expensive experience to design a garden and gives them inspiration to go and try things themselves.” The event runs from 4 June to 12 September. For more details, visit www.festivalofthegarden.com. Finalists are: Hole in the Ground Garden — James Alexander-Sinclair; Daisy — Petra Bittkau & Friedrich Bartfelder; Ha-Happening — Anna Radice & Patricia Lussier; The Otherworld Garden — Mira Engler; Sustainable Garden Design — Eline Hansen and Paul Bradford; Et puis je l’embrassai — Ali Holman Marr; Some things will not grow — Lesley Kennedy; Dust to Dust — Brodie McAllister; Time Looms — Jessica Read & Frauke Materlik; Haven-2 — Clive Warwick; Red Cabbage Garden — Stephen Wenlock; Further from Home — Wolfgang & Heron; and Wind Shore — Bruno Marmiroli, Patrick Genty & Jerome Tesseyre.

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