'Slow the Flow' Garden, RHS Tatton Flower Show, July 2017, Gold Medal & Best In Show in collaboration with John Everiss Design
This stylish, contemporary front garden space, designed by John Everiss, demonstrated techniques for capturing, retaining and slowing the flow of rainfall, and featured a Sedum living roof, water chain, soakaways, and porous driveway. John had asked Francesca to design the planting to complement and enhance his design. To soften the lines of the hard landscaping and to create a cool, relaxing atmosphere in the height of summer, Francesca created a lush backdrop of foliage shape and texture with a cool palette and shots of colour. Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls', Betula nigra and Acer 'Deshojo' gave great height and form, underplanted with a fabulous selection of grasses and ferns and the wonderfully textural Pinus 'Brevifolia', to name a few. The design and planting wowed the judges, who awarded it not only a Gold Medal but also Best in Show in the Show Garden category.
Built by Peter Gregory Landscapes and featuring plants from How Green Nursery, Wildly Rural & Majestic Trees.
A low budget feature garden created for Grow London, featuring a "surf shack" with green roof and planting selected for its drought and sea-air tolerance. Our aim was to show that a lot can be designed into a small space without overwhelming it and one should not be afraid of introducing scale into small gardens. We love collaborating with other skilled artisans and horticulturists and here we were privileged to feature furniture by Carl Austin, www.carlaustinfurniture.co.uk, with conifers generously provided by Lime Cross Nursery, www.limecross.co.uk. Herbaceous planting supplied by How Green Nursery, www.howgreennursery.co.uk and hortusloci.co.uk. The garden was extremely well received by the public, who saw it as a little oasis of calm in the midst of the busy show. One visitor commented that it was a perfect holiday retreat and he just wanted to curl up in the shack with a good book!
The Stitcher's Retreat, Grow London, Contemporary Lifestyle & Garden Fair, June 2015
After winning a Society of Garden Designers competition to create a feature garden for the show, Francesca created the Stitcher's Retreat, inspired by the female textile artists working around Spitalfields during the 18th century. In collaboration with Corinne Young, and featuring her beautifully detailed works of art, www.corinneyoungtextiles.co.uk, The Stitcher's Retreat contained a scaled-down version of a traditional Shepherd's Hut, kindly loaned by Plankbridge Ltd, www.plankbridge.com. The hut was surrounded by wild flowers, heritage vegetables and herbs, and the garden provided an uplifting space from which gardeners and embroiderers alike could take inspiration. The garden was built by Katsura Gardens, katsuragardens.co.uk, with plants supplied by How Green Nursery, howgreennursery.co.uk.
The DialAFlight Potter's Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, Artisan Garden, Gold Medal
"My must-see was the DialAFlight Potter's Garden by Nature Redesigned. Beautifully crafted, it was the perfect Artisan Garden telling the story of Potters leaving for World War One" Toby Buckland - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 - Gardeners World Magazine
We were clearly delighted to be awarded a Gold Medal for this garden and to receive the plaudits of the horticultural world, but most overwhelming of all was the public response, as people were genuinely moved by the garden and the story it told. We were also thrilled that those who were able to get close to the garden really appreciated the amount of thought and attention to detail we had put into it. The garden was a huge collaborative effort and our thanks go to Frogheath Landscapes, frogheath.co.uk, who built the garden, the Hains and Harris families and all at the Farnham Pottery, www.thefarnhampottery.co.uk. Also, to Martin Brockman, artisan kiln-builder, artist and woodsman, Mick Pinner, www.westmeonpottery.co.uk and Emily Feaver, www.emilyfeaver.com, and indeed everyone who was involved and "got" what we were doing.
The Magic Garden, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 2008, Bronze Medal
Entering the garden through the Willow and Hazel wardrobe (photographs to follow) you enter an enchanting winter woodland garden. A snow machine completes the picture creating an authentic winter snowscape. As you venture through the stumpery, an interlocking wall of locally sourced tree roots, you magically re-emerge into the summer garden with its colourful meadow planting.
The Plot, A West-Indian inspired allotment, RHS Malvern Autumn Show, 2007, Silver-Gilt Medal
An attractive West Indian inspired edible plot using creative vegetable gardening full of colour and exotic beauty. The centrepiece of the garden was a reclaimed shack turned into the perfect den, surrounded by dramatic textural planting creating a simple paradise of plants (photographs to follow).
The Mange-Tout Garden, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 2007, Silver-Gilt Medal
In this decorative vegetable garden almost everything can be eaten, including the flowers. Even the box hedging has homeopathic qualities. This garden proves that it is possible to take an average-sized plot and make it not only beautiful but also a source of nutrition and good health, using vegetables and herbs. The garden has a feel of a boxed parterre, with water features in each corner and a wild cherry tree with circular rill and woven hazel seat at its centre. Working on a restricted budget, nearly all the plants were home-grown from seed.
Little Badgers, Possingworth Park, Cross-in-Hand, East Sussex, TN21 0TN T: 01435 863311 Francesca Mob: 07846 671008 Emma Mob: 07837 948382 E: firstname.lastname@example.org