Gardeners’ World Live 2012 highlights

Sun returned just in time for the awards at BBC Gardeners World Live 2012.

I visited on Tuesday evening after a tempting Garden Media Guild invite.

I most enjoyed the design by Oxfam GB using recycled materials. Very imaginative and worthy winners of the  ‘Most Creative Small Garden’.

Oxfan GB winners Andy Wayro and Drew Markou won 'Most Creative Small Garden' awarded by RHS President Elizabeth Banks

There was a début design by horticuturalist Sam Wilson with Garden Organic‘s Sowing New Seeds programme. The edible display had unusual and exotic vegetable varieties grown by migrant communities on UK allotments. A trend to watch out for as varieties continue to diversify.

Garden Organic's Sowing New Seeds display

The spontaneous display ‘Apple of my eye’ sprung up from spare turf from novel designer Tony Smith. I thoroughly enjoyed.

Apple of my Eye, Tony Smith

Tony’s lead design was just as striking as last year’s grass columns, but his 2012 garden was larger. ‘Dominion’ shouted an environmental message about our relationship with nature, complete with God-like seat, combined his trademark subtle details.

Dominion by Tony Smith

There was Silver-Gilt for G-Scapes of Lichfield Ltd with excellent plant choices from this family-run business. The attention to detail of the outer fencing and inside partitions were perfect for the outdoor room design – and their team enjoyed wine on the all-weather furniture! High budget to replicate, but sure to inspire show visitors.

G-Scapes team

This year’s BBC GW Live had inspiring moments with organisers claiming higher standards in 2012. A good result despite the poor weather troubling RHS show director Stephen Bennett in the build up (reported in HW 15 6 12).

Click here to read Rona Wheeldon’s blog about Adam Frost’s best in show garden.

Many thanks

Philip Turvil