by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
It was designed by Kate Turner, sponsored by Surrey Heath Borough Council, The Mall Camberley, and Cala Homes and built by Surrey Heath Borough Council Greenspace Team.
The planting scheme features the ingredients needed for a feast, whilst a river of yellow planting symbolizes the ribbon of hope used by military families when a loved one is away on active (combat) duty.
The garden is a representation of the Flourish Community Garden ‘Grow your own’ course, which combines a passion for growing edibles with encouraging community support. The garden reflects the constant relocation of military families and their need to feel uplifted and hopeful whenever a loved one is away. It is also the kind of garden that could be built at operating bases in foreign fields.
This was the first, and to some extent only, show garden that caught my attention and the Silver Medal it was awarded is well deserved indeed. It is an idea that can be replicated by anyone with almost anything anywhere and thus makes for a great example and show garden.