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Creating a Gold Medal Garden in Two Weeks!

The Gold Medal Garden at Tatton

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to create a gold medal garden in two weeks, look no further.

Philip Dugdale and Alan Burns, have recently won the gold medal for the Best Visionary garden 2009 and have been kind enough to share some of the pictures of development with us!

Recent graduates of Leeds Metropolitan University, these two young landscape architects have surpassed any expectations held of them. The garden took two years of planning, 6 months of non-stop work (including growing all the plants themselves), 3000 flags of ethically sourced Indian Sandstone, 283 wire cages (gabions), 17 tonnes of stone, 3 tonnes of steel and a collective weight loss of 3 stone between the duo!

They describe their concept as, “Fusing together the infinite possibilities of landscape architecture with restrictive urban landscapes to create sustainable design solutions that are unique to their surroundings”. And unique they are! Tatton is the show that aims to “break the mould of garden design and show innovation and foresight”, which is taken entirely literally in the case of this magnificent cubed garden.

“Some of the plants are 30-50 years old – the gunnera came from a plant more than 100 years old,” Alan explained. “The judges couldn’t believe we weren’t gardeners. We have an eye for what works, including in nature.”

Philip, of Marton Moss, labels himself as a new generation “Mosser”, and concedes he’s influenced by the local coastal, urban and rural sprawl of the area, and concludes: “Now more than ever we need to have more ecological sustainability within our surroundings – and that’s key to the Cubed ethos.”

The garden will be on display in Liverpool at the Kirsty Doyle Store from the 25th of August.

Protecting the ground with permeable membrane

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