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Taking gardening to new heights

8 February 2011

Melissa Jolly and Hugo Bugg

Two up-and-coming garden designers are taking gardening to new heights with their rooftop show gardens for the RHS London Plant and Design Show on 15 - 16 February 2011.

Hugo Bugg won the title of RHS Young Designer of the Year in 2010 with his garden at RHS Show Tatton Park. Melissa Jolly has only recently turned her hand to garden design, after taking a career break to start a family. She won a silver medal at BBC Gardeners' World Live last year for her first show garden.

RHS Online caught up with them both as they prepare for the show.

RHS: Are you approaching a smaller show like this one differently to a larger one like Tatton Park or BBC Gardeners' World Live?

Hugo Bugg: No, not really. Every garden needs a huge amount of thought and preparation before it can be built. The main difference with this garden, is that we only have 2.5 days to build it.

Melissa Jolly: Yes, we have to be realistic as to what is physically achievable in that time. The whole garden will be pre-built prior to the show and be put together like a piece of flat-pack furniture – at least, that is the plan!

RHS: What message do you hope people will take home from seeing this garden?

HB: Green roofs are often only seen from a distance on large corporate roofs. But I hope we can show what can be done on a much smaller scale.

MJ: There's also a living wall feature to show how people can use vertical space to create a garden.

RHS: We're going to see you both again at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July - can you give us some idea of what you'll be doing there?

MJ: I am very excited to be exhibiting at Hampton Court Palace later on this year. I’m going to be build an outdoor art gallery where I will attempt to create works of art out of plants, at least that is the theory. . .

HB: I'm designing a conceptual garden which I hope will captivate, educate and unsettle visitors. It is designed to be a very prominent garden which we hope everyone will remember!


London Plant and Design Show

London flower shows

15 - 16 February

Come and see Hugo and Melissa's rooftop gardens at the show. RHS members go free, non-members £5.

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