This is really happening…

Initial sketches developing my garden design…

Every morning for the last few weeks I have looked in the mirror and thought to myself, ‘Is this actually happening?’ Every week, something occurs that makes it all a little bit more real. Paperwork to sign, the surreal joy of ‘tree shopping’, writing biographies about myself and then today, the exciting news shared with the rest of the gardening world.

For a long time I have wanted to build a show garden and this year I am lucky enough to be a Young Designer of the Year finalist at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.

It’s going to be one hell of a journey and as people keep on kindly pointing out, the next few months are going to fly by.

I could easily lock myself away from now until July, mumbling about plant heights, measurements and the number of grey hairs that may appear on my head. However, I want to share the experience, so that on Tuesday 17th July when I am stood on my completed garden, I can remember just how much has been achieved.

Hopefully I can give a little behind-the-scenes snapshot of the process, from finding plants, to scratching my head over construction methods. I’m also making several handmade features for the garden too. There is every possibility they might not work, but I’ve got everything crossed that they will.

I’ll write more about my garden in the coming weeks, but you can also read about it on the RHS website.

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