Thought-provoking, unconventional and exciting, our 2017 Fresh Gardens explored a diverse range of themes
'Inland Homes: Beneath a Mexican Sky’ by Manoj Malde was inspired by Mexican architect Luis Barragán. Colour-washed walls in clementine, coral and cappuccino provided a dramatic backdrop to the planting scheme, which featured multistem trees and drought-tolerant herbaceous planting.
To inspire residents of urban apartments with no access to outdoor space, Kate Gould’s innovative ‘City Living’ was a three-tiered space with plants suited to different environments, from hardy, shade-tolerant tropical plants in the basement, to a more Mediterranean planting scheme on the upper levels.
‘The Breast Cancer Now Garden' by Ruth Willmott highlighted the work of the charity’s scientists and their goal to stop breast cancer taking more lives. Magenta and vivid pinks were blended with coppery tones and white highlights.
‘Mind Trap’ by Ian Price for the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health was a physical manifestation of the designer’s own experience of depression and featured a dark pool and withered plants contrasting with vibrant, healthy ones.
‘The Bermuda Triangle’ by Jack Dunckley, represented both the diverse topography and climate in Bermuda and the Caribbean, and the social and economic variances in the Caribbean region. The contemporary architectural garden was a representation of an active volcanic landscape interwoven with tropical planting.