Gallery - Southport 2015

Large Gold Medal and David Knowles Challenge trophy for best society stand awarded to the Hardy Plant Society North West Group at Southport Flower Show 2015


Our inspiration comes from the Confucian principle of order and the
interdependence of man with the natural world – harmony in nature. ‘Enclosure’ is a fundamental element of traditional Chinese architecture: within a garden it should never be possible to see everything at the same time so there is a need to create some illusion and mystery – often with a different vista. The ‘Moon window’ is to create an alternative view through which the viewer is drawn. The outside viewer looks to a quiet contemplative area enclosed within a screen, fringed with bamboos. In this secluded area, rocks and a pool are symbolic of mountains and lakes: these are planted with mainly foliage plants, especially hostas, and a selection of ferns: textures are appreciated for their subtlety. A traditional zig-zag path, made with cobbled pavement, is often seen in China; here this leads to other areas of warmer golden planting. From a green contemplative area, the viewer can move clockwise to a gentle planting of blue, pink and purple. This area includes
Lythrum, Geranium ROZANNE ('Gerwat') AGM, Astilbes, Astrantia, interspersed with Molinia grasses and Verbena bonariensis AGM. The purple link continues across to a warmer cream, yellow and gold planting comprising Achilleas, Crocosmias, Heleniums, and Echinacea which transmutes into a vibrant red and orange area – to include Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’ AGM and Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’, along with Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’ blended with Persicaria nepalensis, as a direct contrast with the courtyard area.

Following summer visits to three superb gardens: Bridge House, Mill Barn and Dale House, the Autumn programme of lectures starts again on
21 September when Bob Sanderson from Cath’s Garden Plants will give a talk on 'Extending the season'. Visitors are very welcome to our meetings which start at 7.30 pm in the Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane. Entry £3 including refreshments. Members’ plants will also be on sale.

Contact: Audrey Dawson on 01254 853263.


Starting to build

Green area by pool Moving from Yellow to Red area
Laughter with the team

Filling the pool

View though the moon

Red area

Educational bureau

Front of the stand, with Audrey Dawson (designer)

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