My garden photography got off to somewhat of a slow start this year due to a very cold, miserable and pretty non existent Spring. Whilst keeping warm inside I read that Ascot were having an inaugural Spring Garden Show which I definitely knew I wanted to check out.
I arrived there on a pretty grey Thursday afternoon to see what was going on and was pleasantly surprised at what I was greeted with. It is a beautifully intimate show, still with a selection of gorgeous show gardens but easily accessible and not a large as some other flower shows. There’s a theatre with a talk timetable from the likes of David Dominey and Simon Lycett and plenty stands where you can indulge in a little shopping.
The show gardens were really varied and designed by some talented high end garden designers. I had such a fantastic time photographing them and chatting with the designers. First up was this geometric inspired garden by Tom Hill Garden Design. I loved his use of colour and form and the copper elements he brought into it.
En Pointe – Tom Hill Garden Design
A Garden for All Seasons – Kate Gould
The garden was designed in two separate areas with a section for dining and entertaining and a section for relaxing. The planting was a colourful mix of oranges, blues and greens set off against the rusted metal.
The Landform Spring Garden – Catherine MacDonald of Landform Consultants
I love the simple Spring colour scheme of the planting keeping to yellows and whites and incorporating a lawn and contemplation area. I’d say this was a nice garden to reproduce in your own back yard, whatever the size.
The Courtyard – Joe Perkins
A sunken seating area with tall hedging and beautiful planting gives this a reel feel of privacy and it also has a Mediterranean feel with the terracotta pots and water feature at one end.
What Lies Beneath by Claudia de Jong & Phil Tremayne
Beautiful planting from Claudia combining an eating area, arbour and the cutest shed you’ve ever seen.
Yardley Flower Garden – Pip Probert, Outer Spaces Design Ltd.
I love the sound of water in a garden so these beautiful water features really did it for me. I also loved the stonework and the variety of plants used which really popped against the grey and white of the walls.
Looking forward to returning next year to see some new gorgeous gardens on display.