Ecover wins best show garden at Hampton Court

The 2013 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show best show garden award has been won by Matthew Childs for Ecover, The Ecover Garden.

The garden which was built by contractor Neale Richards won a gold medal and highlighted the need to save our rivers lakes and oceans from pollution. Plants were supplied by Hortus Loci and Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants.

Desolation to Regeneration designed by Catherine MacDonald was awarded best conceptual garden and a gold medal. The garden explores two phases of forest fire through the abstract use of plant colours and structural sculptures. The design was inspired by the forthcoming film The Desolation of Smaug, the second instalment of The Hobbit series.

Designed by Ruth Marshall, A Cool Garden, won best summer garden. Designed as a courtyard for a new spa building within a large rural estate, the garden provides a private and restful space.

Mid Century Modern, designed by Adele Ford and Susan Willmott for Outdoor Creations, was awarded Best Low Cost, High Impact Garden. The garden was created with a budget of £15,000 and has been inspired by a 1950s advertising poster.

Forty-two growers and nurseries from the Floral Marquee were awarded gold medals at the show. Fir Trees Pelargonium Nursery was awarded the title of best exhibit in the Floral Marquee for its display of pelargoniums.

Bob Sweet, RHS Head of Judging, said: "RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show once again demonstrates some of the best of British horticulture, from specialist nurseries to contemporary designers. The outstanding results reflect the exceptional standard of creative talent and skill that this show continues to attract."

James Alexander-Sinclair replaced Andrew Wilson as chief garden judging moderator from the judge's line up at Chelsea.

See www.rhs.org.uk/shows

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