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!)