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Winners celebrate at major horticultural event
Garden designers were growing for gold at a major Midland horticultural show.
Three exhibitors were awarded the top honour at this year's Malvern Spring Gardening Show, with a further five gaining the second highest award, silver-gilt, five picking up silver and two winning bronze.
The main prize of gold medal and Best in Show was scooped by Forest of Dean designer Peter Dowle. His garden, There's A Place In The Woodland Where East Meets West, fuses English and Japanese styles. The design incorporates an area for meditation, with stone seats and a relaxing water feature.
East Meets West: Peter Dowle's award-winning garden
Another gold medal winner was Worcestershire-based Villaggio Verde's Reposer Vos Roues (Rest Your Wheels), a depiction of a French rustic cafe which has played host to professional cyclists for more than 100 years. A refreshment stop, the cafe sits on the route of the Tour de France and is a valuable source of food and drink for riders and teams. Among the plants used in Reposer Vos Roues are olive trees, lavender and Mediterranean cypress.
The third gold went to Light Is The Load, designed by Harry Turner and Jody Lidgard. Inspired by a quote by Greek philosopher Homer, Light is the load where many share the toil, the garden interprets the journey young people take in WorldSkills competitions. The competitors' path has twists and turns, obstacles and steps, while the route taken by their trainers and supporters is shown as straight but still focused on the goal. WorldSkills competitions tests the talents of apprentices and those in further education. This year's UK finals taking place at Birmingham NEC on November 14 – 16.
The Malvern Spring Gardening Show took place from May 9 to 12, 2013. More show gardens will be constructed at the Malvern 2013 Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground on September 28 and 29. Designers are already thinking up ideas for their entries for next year's Malvern Spring Gardening Show, May 8 -11, 2014.