|The Best of Birmingham by Birmingham Park Department - very traditional floral decoration|
but won the Best in Show Award
The most exciting of all and a Gold Medal winner was 'Mirror, Mirror o'er the Wall', designed and constructed by students from Moulton College. At a glance you might miss it as half the elongated plot was a shaggy meadow. Regular readers will know that meadows in small spaces don't float my boat! The plot was bisected by a beautifully constructed section of dry stone wall in lovely honey coloured stone. It then became apparent that for each of the wildflowers in the meadow there was a corresponding cultivated garden form on the opposite side of the wall. A small gnarled elder bush sat against the wall and on the far side there was a plant of the black leaved Sambucus 'Black lace'. There was yarrow and Achillea 'Paprika', Queen Ann's lace with the bronze leaved 'Ravenswing', common foxgloves and the white garden form, buttercups and a cultivated double Ranunculus, docks and Rumex atrosanguineus with the striking red veins, brambles and the golden leaved Rubus 'Golden Vale' plus so many more. The meadow itself was perfect looking natural rather than transplanted which is particularly tricky, bearing in mind all the precise collection of plants it had to display. And of course the grasses were mirrored with a tiny patch of mown turf on the cultivated side. This was a small garden with a huge amount of interest.
|Garden forms of wild plants|
There were other good ones ranging from John's Fence, another small wild corner, the neatly planted Obsessive Vegetable Disorder, through to the Indiana Jones Jungle Adventure, a tiny exotic garden with a solar powered waterfall which amazingly was operating on this dull day.
|Indiana Jones Jungle Adventure by City of Wolverhampton College|
|Diamond Jubilee by T&A Tree and Garden Services|
|John's Fence by Emma Scarborough - a curious mix but well executed and finished|
|Fibonacci Gold by Moulton College|
|Nirvana by Kerry Barehead|