Fenland firm win gold and royal approval at Sandringham Garden Show
A FENLAND garden design and landscaping firm impressed Prince Charles before striking gold at the Royal Flower show.
Welney-based firm Giles Landscapes were invited to plan and construct the only garden inside the Royal Marquee after winning the 2008 event at Sandringham. The design, by Stephen Hall and Jane Besser, struck a chord with the judges who rewarded the team for their nostalgic design which looked back at the industrial revolution in Britain.
Delighted Giles Landscapes Managing Director, Roger Giles, said: “Our designers and team got it completely right.
“One judge even told me it was the best garden he had seen in his 20 odd years as a Sandringham judge and another in his 30 years. They loved everything about it from the colours to the choice of plants and features.”
“The Prince of Wales also seemed to be impressed and was fascinated by the technical elements. He particularly liked the old metal ladle water feature.”
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The success capped a golden three years for the firm who triumphed at the event two years ago before collecting honours at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show. However the response of the public was equally pleasing for Mr Giles.
He said: “What shocked me most of all was the public’s reaction to the garden.
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“We all thought it would be a bit of a marmite moment - people would either love it or hate it - but they all seemed to love it. It’s a job to believe it but we didn’t hear one negative comment at all!”
Dame Judi Dench was among those paying their compliments and told designer Stephen Hall that she would love to sit in a garden like that and relax with a cool drink.
Mr Giles found time to thank sponsors Marshall Toyota of King’s Lynn and said: “You might not expect to see a car dealer working hand-in-hand with garden designers but we found we had a lot in common. They obviously believed in what we were doing, and we are enormously grateful for their support.”