RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show got a little bit brighter, and a lot bit busy-er in July 2018, as B&Q unveiled its spectacular ‘Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden’ at the esteemed floral event - winning a gold medal and the coveted Tudor Rose Award for Best Show Garden.
Designed by acclaimed garden designer Matthew Childs and winner of the coveted Tudor Rose Award for Best Show Garden, the 'B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden' championed the return of the beloved busy lizzie to B&Q, after it vanished from shelves in 2012 following an outbreak of impatiens downy mildew.
Designed as the ultimate feel-good outdoor space, a range of affordable B&Q products were put to use to create this inspirational, relaxing and entertaining garden. Colour is one of the many things people love most about their gardens, and this design used it in spades with a brand new breed of busy lizzie, available in six vivid colours.
The plants are also known as ‘impatiens’, meaning impatient, referring to the way their seed heads burst open. Some of the busy lizzies in the garden were grown taller than usual, reflecting how they would grow in the dark forests of east Africa. The contemporary planting aimed to change gardeners’ perceptions of busy lizzies, and clever features, including water jets, depicted their bursting seed heads.
About the designer
Matthew Childs has always had a love of gardens. Having decided to make a career out of his passion in 2007, Matthew has gone on to win a string of awards at RHS shows, including ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ and a gold medal at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012, and ‘Best Show Garden’ and a gold medal in 2013. In 2014 Matthew's first RHS Chelsea show garden attained a silver gilt medal. Recently Matthew has judged international garden festivals and from 2018 has been selected to become an RHS judge.
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