Gold award for Doncaster gardener

Doncaster designer Paul Watson puts the finishing touches to his Gold Award winning show garden, Thyme to dine, at the prestigious Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (13-15 September).
Doncaster designer Paul Watson puts the finishing touches to his Gold Award winning show garden, Thyme to dine, at the prestigious Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (13-15 September).

A Doncaster gardener has won a gold award at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

Paul Watson, from PRW Garden Services, dug his way to success with his beautiful show garden, called The thyme to dine garden.

Show Director Martin Fish said: “Show gardens are one of our most popular features and we are proud to become the first UK gardening event to offer large autumn show gardens, as well as those traditionally featured in the spring.

“The gardening year really begins in the autumn with plans for new planting, so it is particularly good to have such a diverse range of show garden ideas and plants at the show, to give our visitors a great start for the new 2014 gardening season.”

Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate Autumn Flower Show was this year rated in the top three UK gardening events by readers of Which?Gardening.

Other attractions include a ChilliFest, giant vegetable show, world record cabbage cooking challenge (Friday 13), world record heavy onion competition and Britain’s biggest exhibition by specialist gardening societies. There will also be plenty of expert growing advice from the Kitchen Live, Dig It Garden Theatre and Garden Advisory Bureau teams.

Full results:

SG1 The artisan’s retreat – a place to work and relax, this garden features a number of reclaimed materials including a grain auger water feature and hollow tree trunks providing sculptures by day and lighting by night. Created by Juniper House Garden Design, Peterborough.

SG2 Under the rainbow – a colourful, community-based garden inspired by the Wizard of Oz. It aims to encourage young children to enjoy gardening and was planted with the help of pupils at St Peter’s School, Harrogate. Created by Fleurs de Filles, Yalding, Kent.

SG3 Kin space – a relaxing sanctuary combined with a practical family plot, this garden includes a pergola surrounded by colourful planting, hanging baskets, containers, vegetables and produce. Created by The Walled Garden, Ripon.

SG4 Work, rest and play – a family-friendly garden with a patio and pergola area perfect for adult alfresco dining, a lawn area for youngsters to play on and a child-proof water feature. Created by Hibiscus Gardens and Landscapes, Selby.

SG5 Herbs by the kerbs – Linked to a Skipton in Bloom project, this garden shows a range of plants grown in a small yet productive space, including fruit, vegetables and herbs. Created by Craven College, Skipton.

SG6 The white garden – ideas and inspiration for bringing to life a balcony, terrace or courtyard where space is limited, but beauty is a must. Created by The Harrogate Potted Garden Company, Thirsk.

SG7 Light at the end of the tunnel – the final part of a trilogy of recovery gardens depicting the road to recovery for people involved with substance abuse. Created by Contour, the Calderdale Substance Misuse Service, Halifax.

SG8 The thyme to dine garden – The gentle trickle of a thyme stream replaces water in this garden, which is designed to be a compact, modern outdoor living space for busy people. Created by PRW Garden Services, Doncaster.

The show is open 9.30 – 4.30 tomorrow (Sunday). Tickets are available priced £14. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free.