Lauren Sizeland’s Garden Safari

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WINNER – BEST FLOWER BED

I moved to this house and garden in 2017 – the outdoor space, about 130 feet in length, was a very overgrown and apparently unloved space. After allowing 9 months to see what the seasons brought I realised there had at some point in the past been a keen gardener as various trees blossomed and I uncovered several rangy shrubs, including a number of roses. I appointed some guys to do hard landscaping, installing a large patio and redeveloping “the wildnerness” at the top end (a part I was afraid to venture, as the borders were in accessible, there were decrepit rabbit hutches, old tyres, it was overrun with brambles – you get the picture!). As “the wilderness’ was the sunniest spot all year, I chose to have some raised beds built so it is now my fruit and veg area.

For the rest of the space I was keen to retain the old trees, including apples, damsons, Hawthornes, American Cranberry and Acer. I was also keen to preserve as many of the shrubs as possible and I used these to help create some structure. I wanted to create colour and interest all year round and have planted the flower beds with this in mind. I was also keen to attract bees and butterflies to help support the wildlife ecosystem as much as possible. In the early spring there are complimentary coloured bulbs: pale and bright yellows and purples and this transitions in late spring and through to autumn to different colour schemes on each side. On one is the ‘hot bed’ with crimsons and various hot to pale pinks, interspersed with white and on the other side are cool blues, mauves and whites, with a couple of warm pink roses, which I considered too old to move!

I do hope you enjoy looking through my photos and hopefully next year you’ll be able to visit and absorb my garden sanctuary, smell the scents and see the huge range of insects!

Sara & Stephen Dallenger-Bradshaw’s Garden Tour

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WINNER – BEST RELAXATION AND SEATING AREA

Three years ago we rescued a badly neglected house and an even more neglected garden. In the dense undergrowth, we discovered a pair of wrought iron obelisks and a garden pond. This showed us that eight years previously the then owners must have had a keen interest in their garden.

With limited funds we have slowly breathed back life into the garden front and back. We brought our much loved Hostas and Acers from our old garden.

We have also added a Garden Bar, built in Lockdown, for a staycation this summer….

Karen Watling’s Garden Tour

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WINNER – BEST HANGING BASKET

My garden started 5 years ago.  It was an old garden with fruit trees

We are lucky to have two big gardens, one is about 90ft and the top garden is about 150ft with four different areas. I Redesigned the garden myself and planted every tree and plant from scratch. I wanted to create a white garden with different areas for seating as the garden is south facing. From our french door windows I can see up the garden through the pergola which has white roses and white jasmine growing around it and the smell is amazing.

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Sue Goodsall Garden Tour

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WINNER – BEST WATER FEATURE

Sue Goodsall has shared a virtual tour of her “Happy Garden” for the BHIB Virtual Garden Safari.

Not a huge or perfectly formed, but a happy garden. Including a frog filled water feature, trees grown from pips along with Prize winning Apples and a climbing frame for sweet peas made from branches of an old pear tree.
Sue’s garden is full of features of edible frruit and vegetables, and a large variety of plant and flowers.

View the video for the full tour.