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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2015 — ‘Time is a Healer’
Gold Medal Winning Garden and RHS Young Designer of the year finalist.

A contemporary take on the traditional physic gardens of medieval England. A serene space, the journey through the garden moves from an exposed surrounding to a natural safe haven at its centre, offering the chance for both engagement and contemplation. All the plants were selected for their medicinal benifits and their beautiful calming shades.

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The Guardian

See Kate’s interview for the The Guardian’s column - ‘How does your garden grow?’ 

Outdoors is where I belong. Most of my friends think I am mad – 27 going on 90 they tease – but they’ll always come round for a barbecue.

My boyfriend, Ben, and I rent a red-brick terrace house in a quiet street. The tiny back garden is quite shady, but there is a patch that gets the sun and there I grow annuals such as sweet peas and the cornflower ‘Black Ball’. I love deep, rich, purply blacks with lush greens. Happy in the shade are hostas and ferns, such as the male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) and the female fern (Athyrium filix-femina)and a hydrangea (H. anomala subsp petiolaris) climbing the wall. To add to the jungly feel, I have a castor oil plant (Fatsia japonica) – cliched I know, but I love leafy plants. Epimedium ‘Purple Pixie’, which I brought home from the RHS Great London Plant Fair, loves it under the tree.

My parents created amazing gardens in Cornwall and I enjoyed helping them from a young age. I found the bookish side of school very difficult; I could always draw you a picture to explain something, but reading was a struggle. As a teenager I lost interest in gardening completely. I studied fine art at university and after that I went travelling in Asia and volunteered, mainly outdoors. I felt that, at last, I had found my direction.

I came home and studied garden design and then worked in a garden centre. I found a YouTube video about the Garden Academy, headed by the designer Adam Frost, and it was a “Yes, it’s me!” moment. I helped build Adam’s Chelsea show gardens last year and this. Now I am employed in his studio, helping pull design packages together, and I won gold at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park with my own show garden. My career in horticulture is taking me away from my garden a lot this summer. What my friends here don’t see is the new wave of young horticulturists involved in the show circuit.

At home I have just planted the foxglove ‘Pam’s Choice’, a salute to Chelsea, and I grew Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’ for Tatton. The opium poppy is an obvious choice for my show garden, which is called Time Is A Healer. I am even enjoying using books, to research medicinal herbs and physic gardens.

My favourite spot

By the back door, on my bench, with my dog, Gypsy. I am surrounded by my herb pots, and next to a jasmine.

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The Telegraph

Young garden designers at Tatton Park

Meet the three finalists in the RHS Tatton Park Young Designer of the Year 2015 awards.

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If you would like to talk to us about show garden opportunities or you would like to create a similar look in your garden…

Call either, Gary May on 07825 774915, Kate Savill on 07792657777 or email: if you’d like to talk us about what you’d like for your garden.