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In more detail

  • Packed with foliage that has interesting shapes and textures, the borders include an architectural palm, leafy banana plants, spindle and loquat
  • There's a relaxing spot to sit beside the back door. Cushions, textiles and odd pops of bright colour add layers of texture that are a nod to the heritage of this garden's owner

About the garden

My garden is a north-facing backyard in an urban environment. It represents memories of my parents’ Jamaican heritage, their generation’s journey to the UK and the unwelcoming climate they inherited in their new country.

The Windrush generation were resilient, beginning a new life a long way from their homeland. The planting is a mix of exotics, which are a challenge to grow in this northern city, and hardy shrubs. Hostas, blousy canna lilies and giant palms represent the world my parents left behind.

The pandemic has made each of us appreciate our space outdoors. This walled garden is a place of peace, a space to relax, reflect and enjoy the flowers and wildlife in the heart of a bustling urban environment. Even the smallest of spaces are large enough to carve out a garden sanctuary.

This garden won the BBC Radio Manchester design competition in association with the RHS.

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