Woodgate Nursery Garden Show 2014

A contemporary courtyard show garden with cedar screen, sandstone paving and sett detailing
A 4m x4m show garden with sandstone paving and setts, gravel, cedar, and glass art work
Hydrangeas, penstemon, phlox, hebe and salvia in a show garden
Plum colours of sambucus and heuchera with orange geum and green pittosporum in a show garden designed by Sue Bell Garden Design
a mixed foliage planting including acer, heuchera and viburnum with colour from geum and cirsium
A contemporary courtyard show garden designed by Sue Bell Garden Design and exhibited at Woodgate 2014
Visitors enjoying a contemporary courtyard show garden designed by Sue Bell Garden Design for the Woodgate Nursery Garden Show 2014
A contemporary courtyard show garden with cedar screen, sandstone paving and sett detailing
A 4m x4m show garden with sandstone paving and setts, gravel, cedar, and glass art work
Hydrangeas, penstemon, phlox, hebe and salvia in a show garden
Plum colours of sambucus and heuchera with orange geum and green pittosporum in a show garden designed by Sue Bell Garden Design
a mixed foliage planting including acer, heuchera and viburnum with colour from geum and cirsium
A contemporary courtyard show garden designed by Sue Bell Garden Design and exhibited at Woodgate 2014
Visitors enjoying a contemporary courtyard show garden designed by Sue Bell Garden Design for the Woodgate Nursery Garden Show 2014

‘Time for Tea’

A sandstone patio large enough for a bistro table is sheltered by a cedar-slatted screen. An edging of sandstone setts creates textural contrast and a repeating pattern that links the patio to the gravel paths. Planting of green, red and purple with yellow/orange highlights compliments the peachy/orange tones in the cedar. A glass picture hung on the screen completes the outdoor room.

The show ran from 17th to 18th May 2014. In complete contrast to the previous weekend our time at the Woodgate Nursery Garden Show was a joy; the sun shone all weekend and the five show gardens were inundated with visitors eager to cast a vote for their favourite garden. We came second in the public vote but will be aiming for first next year!

The Woodgate Nursery Garden Show takes place annually in May. Each year five, 4m x 4m show gardens are built under the protection of a large marquee and the designers compete to win the public vote. Entry to the show is by voluntary donation with all proceeds going to charity.

Special thanks to:

  • Ian Cooper (IFC Landscapes), ably assisted by Graham Cooper, for building the garden.
  • G. Nicholls of Great Plumstead, who kindly donated the loose materials used in the garden.

The plant list:

Trees:

  • Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’
  • Amelanchier x arborea ‘Robin Hill’

Shrubs:

  • Choisya ternata
  • Cistus loretii
  • Hebe ‘Margret’
  • Hebe vernicosa
  • Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Choco Blanc’
  • Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Soeur Therese’
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’
  • Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’
  • Sambucus nigra BLACK LACE ‘Eva’

Perennials:

  • Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum
  • Geranium ‘Alan Mayes’
  • Geranium nodosum ‘Svelte Lilac’
  • Geranium wlassovianum
  • Geum ‘Emory Quinn’
  • Geum ‘Mai Tai’
  • Gypsophila muralis
  • Hesperis matronalis
  • Heuchera ‘Crimson Curls’
  • Iris ‘Kent Pride’
  • Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’
  • Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
  • Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Cushion Blue’
  • Pulmonaria ‘Opal’
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
  • Salvia x sylvestris ‘Viola Klose’
  • Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Tanna’
  • Sedum ‘Joyce Henderson’
  • Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

Ferns:

  • Polystichum polyblepharum
  • Polystichum setiferum Plumosomultilobum Group

Grasses:

  • Stipa tennuissima


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