See garden designs at Spring Festival

27 March 2013

One of the best alternatives to hiring a professional garden designer is to take a trip to the Royal Welsh Spring Festival to view the exhibits in the Gardeners Corner in the Festival’s Floral Hall. There visitors can see a selection of attractive garden layouts to inspire those who plan to spend some time in the summer months improving and enhancing their gardens at home.

Last year’s competition attracted several interesting layouts from clubs and societies in Wales including the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, the Wales & Borders Pig Breeders Association, Ashfield Community Enterprise, Cwmbran & South Torfaen Society – Allotment & Leisure Gardener’s Society, and RENEW – Radnorshire Enterprise for Nature, Education and Wellbeing.

The designs have yet to be submitted to the organisers but they may include, for example, traditional cottage gardens, contemporary gardens for family use, patios, water gardens or gardens featuring arches, pergolas and paving.

The Spring Festival aspires to be the leading event for smallholders, gardeners and sustainable living and to this end the Royal Welsh aims to create a stronger educational platform for visitors who may own a small garden or patio area, or even an acre of ground, who would like to create gardens using recycled materials or easy-grow products of their own. For them, the Gardeners Corner will provide an opportunity to learn more and to explore new ideas.

Those interested in participating in this aspect of sustainable gardening can submit their ideas and designs to the Festival organisers before April 19 for consideration for inclusion in the Floral Hall exhibits.

The exhibits must not exceed 3m x 3m in area and the garden may be represented by a single plot or a selection of containers. A plan, completed to a good standard should be submitted to the RWAS.

Ideas for the proposed garden should be inexpensive, easily recreated and sustainable, user-friendly and suitable to all ages and abilities.

Only six designs can be accepted and the RWAS will make a £500 contribution to the costs of the successful applicants.