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2021 Bronze Medal – Garden of Solitude

The Garden of Solitude was designed by Italian designer Carlotta Montefoschi and landscaped and planted by Frogheath Landscapes.

In a flower meadow, shaded by the leafy foliage of two trees, 18 pots in the shape of Ionic columns, each with differing heights, are arranged at irregular intervals around a circle 6 metres in diameter. Lush plants cascade from the pots.

Look closer and two planting schemes characterise this small garden: A wildflower meadow incorporates groups of shrubs, herbaceous and grassy plants and is sheltered by two trees, all planted in random fashion. Together they present a naturalistic setting. In marked contrast are the single-species potted plants that follow, at irregular intervals, the precise geometry of the circle.

Inside the circle is a chaise longue while in the background is a sky-blue wall. This intimate and protected inner circle represents solitude intended in a restful space – an ideal condition for the development of thought and imagination.

2016 People Choice Award – Katie’s Garden

The garden demonstrated how to grow flowers in a small space for picking and arranging – a central bubbling water feature represented the lymph drainage system and was intended to draw the visitors’ attention to the vital work of Katie’s Lymphedema Fund.

2015 Gold medal – Synaesthesia Garden

This garden was contained within a white canvas dome, representing the inside of a synesthetes head. Once inside the dome the garden was washed with different coloured lights in response to trigger words that were projected onto the inside of the dome, echoing the multisensory experiences of a synesthetes.

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