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The Unexpected Gardener

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Designed by
Jo Thompson
Built by
New Ground Landscapes
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The Unexpected Gardener is a small urban garden created by Thrive with award-winning designer Jo Thompson, which demonstrates how the charity helps people with disabilities change their lives through gardening.

Both practical and restful, this garden shows that age and disability are no barrier to gardening, and incorporates raised planter beds for ease of access, an outdoor fireplace, fountain and a seating area, whilst the trees offer support and shade.

Featured plants include Iris ‘Jamie Roo’ making its show debut, as well as a delightful and rare Geranium 'Southease Celestial' alongside caramel-coloured roses and rich blue and purple irises.

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

Great little garden with lovely planting. Raised planters are vivid white and quite stark, but the planting really helps soften it. The seating area in the corner gives a focus to the space and makes it feel homely, while the white slatted area makes it seem much bigger. The two large multi-stemmed prunus serrula, with beautiful coppery bark, have been toned in brilliantly with the rest of the planting.

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