On Wednesday 15 June, Yeovil-based garden designer, Julie Haylock (above), was awarded Gold for her literary-inspired garden border design at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, held at The NEC in Birmingham. Julie’s depiction of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree, which was sponsored by The Gardens Group, scooped her the top award in the Beautiful Border category, as well as a Special Achievement Award for the Best Interpretation of a Theme.
Julie, who has recently set up her own garden design business, Sandhurst Garden Design, explains; “I’m still on cloud nine and am absolutely thrilled to have also received the beautiful engraved crystal glass bowl for Best Interpretation of a Theme. It was such a fantastic experience and I would like to say a special thank you to Mike Burks and his team, who donated, grew and nurtured the plants in polytunnels at Castle Gardens in Sherborne, and also for his invaluable advice and support along the way. I am also extremely grateful to my husband Andrew, my parents and Richard Pitman, who were all by my side throughout the build and during the show.”
Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, which sponsored Julie Haylock, adds; “This is a wonderful achievement for Julie, who has recently completed a Garden Design Diploma at Kingston Maurward College, and will be a great boost for her as she starts her career in garden design. Her choice of plants and props were carefully chosen to recreate this classic scene, and I am delighted that her skill and creativity was recognised in this prestigious competition.”
Elle Wilson from Milborne Port, who was also sponsored by The Gardens Group, was awarded a Silver for her Rudyard Kipling-inspired border design, The Glory of the Garden.