Saturday 27 July 2013

A bit of bragging about bronze!

I've been getting regular updates by phone from my friend who joint owns and runs a recycling gallery in Manchester. They have created a garden for the RHS flower show at Tatton Park based on their philosophy of using materials that other people discard. They have never entered such a competition before nor created any garden other than the small outside area at the gallery. It has been a huge amount of work and a very steep learning curve. "Never again," said my friend at the start of the week when the garden was all in place. "We've done the best we can. If the judges think that it's a pile of old junk, well, it is!" The judges obviously liked what can be created from 'junk' and the enthusiasm of a small army of volunteers because they were awarded a bronze medal. It wouldn't be surprised if my pal isn't already scribbling designs for next year's garden on the back of an envelope! 
Here is the basic structure being set out - in very hot weather!

The finished result.
BBC camera crew.
The waterfall and pond is made from recycled glass
and it has received much appreciative attention.
The walls are hung with decorative panels.
(It has all to be dismantled on Monday!)


  1. Replies
    1. My friend phoned tonight - she's worn out! The whole site is now cleared and she is still saying, "never again."

  2. What a fabulous undertaking!
    They have created someting lovely, too bad it needs to be dismantled...

    1. Yes, it was quite a task but a great result. I am being sent some more photos with details of the garden, which I'll post.

  3. It is lovely, well done and congratulations to your friend. I can tell that it must have been very hard work to complete, especially so in this exhausting weather.

    1. Yes, you are right, the extreme weather made a difficult job even harder.

  4. I hate it has to be taken down. It is so lovely! Yes, your friend has a year to forget she said never again...I've been there once or twice.

  5. Replies
    1. I'm being sent some details of the garden, so we'll be able to take a closer look, Steve.