A record three top Premier Gold Awards have been presented to show garden designers taking part in the 2013 Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Lizzie Tulip Garden Design, from York, (Rough with the smooth), British Association of Landscape Industries, Yorkshire and North East Region, (Vision of modern serenity), Craven College, Skipton, (Chill in out) all claimed top honours.

Among the four Gold Award winners were Leeds-based PWP Landscape Design, with custom joinery by BowCora, Wood Landscapes, from Bradford, Derby College and Craven College, from Skipton. The Peter D Sutcliffe Memorial Creative Award went to PWP Landscape Design.

Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the 2013 spring show featured 17 fantastic gardens, all offering ideas and inspiration for those planning the perfect outdoor space.

Each of the show gardens were judged for one of five awards – Premier Gold, Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze.


Show director Martin Fish said, “We have doubled the number of outdoor show gardens since they were launched to mark our centenary in 2011. This is in direct response to requests from our visitors, who told us they enjoy seeing the inspirational designs so much that they want to see more. We have a fantastic range of ideas for visitors to take home – the standard just keeps getting better.

“We are also delighted to have World Skills UK here at the show. These young professionals represent the future of our industry and I am sure visitors will be intrigued to learn more about how a show garden is constructed and how much work is involved in creating these fantastic exhibits.”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show also featured displays from over 100 leading plant nurseries, plus the UK’s biggest display of flower arranging and floristry.



SG1 The rough with the smooth – Lizzie Tulip Garden Design, York

As the title suggest, texture is the starting point for this Yorkshire spring garden. Two pathways lead to an elevated seating area, while shrubs and woodland planting nestle in dappled shade, set against a backdrop of stone walling and yew hedging.


SG2 Vision of modern serenity – BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) Yorkshire and North East Region in association with Greenbelt Landscapes, Carnforth

A modern Yorkshire Dales garden designed to create a calm, stylish space in which to reflect, relax and escape. The rough stone landscaping, familiar across the Dales, combines with crisp paving to produce a contemporary twist on a traditional concept.


SG3 Sanctuary Yorkshire – Mary Elliott Garden Design & Construction, York

A serene space using locally sourced materials to reference Yorkshire’s landscape and reduce the impact of transport. This garden has been created for a professional or retired couple, who want to combine quiet beauty with low maintenance.


SG 4 MODO repose – PWP Landscape Design, Leeds, with custom joinery by Bowcora Design, Leeds/Harrogate

This bold, contemporary woodland garden takes its influences from surrounding mature birch woodland. Part of a larger garden, it uses traditional materials in a contemporary way, creating a striking transition from a modern home to the trees.


 SG5 The green room – Wood Landscapes, Bradford

An outdoor living extension to the home, designed for anyone who likes to throw open their doors and use their garden for socialising. Features include a pergola made with reclaimed lock gates from the historic Bingley Five Rise Locks.


SG6 Wall hole art garden – Rapture Gallery, Harrogate

A contemporary art garden featuring locally produced sculptures and installation pieces. Designed for a professional couple, the garden creates a sunny space for contemplation with water fall, shelf planting, paletted lawn and allotment corner.


SG7 The wedding gift – Rachel’s Gardens, York

A romantic, intimate garden designed to enhance and reflect a couples’ relationship. Designed for newly-weds, it features two connected circles of lawn and decking, complemented by a symbolic ring of gold granite surrounding the water feature.


SG8 At the end of the day – Hibiscus Gardens & Landscapes, Selby

Created with a young couple in mind, this tranquil space provides a place to relax in the evening and allow the gentle gurgle of the circular water feature to take away the stresses and strains of the day.


SG9 Between a rock and a hard place – Harewood House Trust, near Leeds

Capturing the essence of the Himalayan Garden at Harewood House stately home, this garden is designed to showcase Sino-Himalayan plants in a cooler UK climate. It includes a Mani stone wall and a range of iconic flora from the region.


SG10 Modern courtyard – Ward Associates Landscape Design, York

Designed for a new build terrace with limited space, this border provides a low maintenance option for young homeowners.  Contemporary planting uses a mono-tone pallet, with stainless steel screening to complete the modern vision.



SG11 Monastic mystery garden – Derby College

A secret corner for quiet contemplation to escape a fast-paced, modern lifestyle. The design is symbolic of a monastic cloistered garden, complete with groined arches, semi-circular pool and gargoyle.


SG12 Flow – Askham Bryan College, York

A contemporary concept garden taking as its starting point the journey of the River Ouse to the heart of York, with vertical accents to hint at the ancient citadel walls and vibrant planting to symbolise the city’s rich diversity of life.


SG13 Come round for a brew – Askham Bryan College, York

An oasis for a couple living in the suburbs, the garden features circular paving, decking and an angular pond. Planting is strongly influenced by the Yorkshire countryside, with muted, mostly native plants to attract wildlife.

SG14 Waste not, want not – Finchale College, Durham

A border garden showcasing the use of recycled materials. The design incorporates items like pallets, wine bottles and tiles, built into structures to demonstrate that, even in times of austerity, you can create an attractive environment.


SG15 Chill in out – Craven College, Skipton

Using a novel wooden cube as its centre-piece, this border provides a relaxation space for a family of all ages – a great place for youngsters to build a den, teenagers can chill-out and listen to music and adults can simply relax and enjoy the wildlife.


SG16 Chiaroscuro – Craven College, Skipton

This garden border uses the contrasts of light and dark, sun and shade, and black and white to accentuate three-dimensional forms creating a chiaroscuro effect. Features include a circular seat, pebble mosaic and log gabions.


SG17 The living room – Horticap with Henshaws College, both from Harrogate

Taking the inside outside, this fun border garden seeks to create an outdoor living room, complete with wooden flooring and walls furnished with flora and natural elements. Designed for anyone seeking year-round interest and easy maintenance.


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