JW Lees: From Hop to Glass

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  • A simple circular design uses powder-coated, metal sheet screens to give privacy and a backdrop for the grasses and perennials swaying in the summer breeze
  • Inspired by the brewing industry, with subtle references such as the Yorkstone paving linking to beer's chemical symbol and the 'frothy' planting representing a pint's head, the garden will be rebuilt in a local pub after the show
  • A timber curved bench provides plenty of space for seating, reminiscent of a pub's serving bar and allowing visitors to sit, relax and revel in the intimate planting

About the garden

This garden is a celebration of the 190th anniversary of brewery JW Lees. The design draws inspiration from the brewing industry, interpreting materials, features and processes in a contemporary style and composition.

It is partially framed by tapered shaped glass screens, providing a foil for grasses, which are interplanted with deep red and amber perennials to represent the inviting flow and textures of a freshly-poured pint.

Integrated within the planting is a continuous ground-level circular rill, which encloses a calm space to sit and contemplate with familiar elements and materials of a traditional pub.

A sweeping curved feature bench is reminiscent of a serving bar, and the inviting pub atmosphere is added to with a log fire and brass detailing.

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