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The John Joseph Mechi Garden

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Sponsored by
Wilkin & Sons (Tiptree)
Designed by
Benjamin Wincott (Writtle College)
Built by
Writtle College

Incorporating innovative ideas and techniques, this garden is designed to portray the legacy of John Joseph Mechi, the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist who pioneered new farming practices at Tiptree Hall in Essex.

The garden celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, a charity Mechi founded, and 125 years of the production of preserves at Tiptree. The planting features varieties of fruit, now grown at Tiptree on the land that Mechi once farmed, mixed in with contemporary planting.

Designer Ben Wincott has taken inspiration from imaginative growing practices to design a garden that illustrates the pioneering spirit of the 19th century in a modern setting.

Expert commentary by Chris Young & Phil Clayton, The Garden magazine

Outstanding features include a boundary of interwoven willow hedge, planted through with rose and miscanthus. The bubble wall on the back is a fun way of bringing water to the garden, adding movement and light, and there’s a beautiful green wall which blends into the archway, making a great focal point. Not sure how sustainable this is, but a great element for a show garden. Interesting use of grasses.

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