RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (25 - 28 July) has announced its awards for this year.
New to the show this year, and inspired by the show's proximity to Jodrell Bank Observatory, the Galaxy Gardens challenged designers to create gardens themed around a different and intriguing aspect of the universe. Five conceptual and theatrical gardens were created and four received RHS gold medals. Designers, Leon Davis and Brendan Vaughan, were also presented with the award for best Galaxy Garden for their garden, Gravitational Pull, which was inspired by the forces at work around a black hole.
As well as winning a gold award, the National School's Observatory was presented with the award for Most Creative Garden for National Schools' Observatory: Watch This Space. Working with the Astrophysics Research Institute from Liverpool John Moores University, designers, Dori and Howard Miller, designed a garden to represent a rare and important event that is predicted to happen in our own galaxy this year when a huge cloud of dust and gas will encounter the super-massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy and be ripped apart.
RHS judging panel chair James Alexander-Sinclair said: "The standard of the Galaxy Gardens is staggering and a real testament to the imagination and creativity of garden designers at the show."
The RHS National Young Designer of the Year Gardens are created by young designers under the age of 28. Twenty seven year-old Tony Woods was awarded a gold medal and the title of RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2013 for his design, Escape to the City, which demonstrates how contemporary design can be ecologically sound.
The award for Best Large Garden was presented to Sanctuary Group for its garden, A Stainless Century. Designed by Phil Hirst, the garden celebrates the invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley in Sheffield 100 years ago, and the impact that steel has had on the city and on the world.
The Mypod Garden, by Seven Peas in a Pod, was awarded the title of Most Creative Large Garden. Providing an outdoor space for relaxation and privacy in an increasingly busy and public world, the garden includes a futuristic-looking pod, water rills, and soft, muted colours within the planting. Designed by seven students studying Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University, the garden is being donated to St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds after the Show.
Sound Idea, from Clive Mollart and Clive Scott, was awarded the title of Best Small Garden.
Within the Floral Marquee, 41 exhibitors received gold medals for their displays. Hoyland Plant Centre was awarded the title of Best Exhibit in the RHS Floral Marquee for their display of Agapanthus and Tulbaghia. The Barnsley-based and family-run nursery holds a National Collection for both species and has specialised in growing them for the past 15 years.
Manchester City Council and Mary & Joseph House was awarded Best Exhibit in the RHS National Flower Bed Competition.
Bishop Burton College was awarded the title of Best Exhibit in the Floristry College Competition, and Interflora (FTDA) British Unit Ltd, was awarded Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio.