Fen Bens Garden, Sandringham Flower Show 2008
This garden was a response to the failure to secure sponsorship for a couple of accepted submissions made to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 and 2007. The brief was to build a garden using recycled found and borrowed objects to help reduce cost. The design was taken from a thumbnail sketch drawn one lunchtime with inspiration taken from the Cambridgeshire Fens and a local folk tail concerning Fen Ben a mythical Fen Tiger who lived down the Bedford River in an old shack, who lived off completely off-grid, catching eels and moles to eke out a living.
As Sandringham Flower Show is held in July the planting design that was chosen allowed plants to be used that would not be possible for Chelsea Flower Show, Grasses softened blousy David Howard and Bishop of LLandaff Dahlias whilst Verbena bonariensis, Echinacea, Helenium and Rudbeckia added height. A native hedge provided a backdrop, the path of random natural stone was planted using dandelions and other weeds to help provide a convincing finish.
The garden was awarded a Gold Medal, Best Courtyard Garden, and The Peoples Choice Award.
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