We were given the opportunity to help build a display in the Grand Pavilion for a
Somerset based nursery Pennard Plants, working at the best flower show in the world
was an amazing opportunity and Avant Gardens helped build the structural elements
for the potager and trained fruit garden, showing the creative use of edibles within a
small walled framework. Pennard Plants won a silver gilt that year.
Malvern Autumn 2012:
Our show garden debut was where it all started, having experienced working at Chelsea
earlier in the year my colleague Taric Lloyd and I wanted to highlight our skills and
produce something which could show the public how gardening lifestyles will change,
modern homes are being developed on smaller and smaller plots and food prices are
rising. Our philosophy was to use sustainable woodland materials to create a compact
growing frame in which food could be planted and harvested at comfortable working
heights. Avant Gardens was awarded an RHS Silver medal, we were more than happy!
Based on our silver award winning edible food frame the idea was modified to create a
walk through display showing how food can be grown on different levels, RHS Cardiff
awarded it Best Display.
A moment in time. A more ambitious design this year working hard for Pennard Plants,
Avant Gardens pushed really hard providing materials and labour and working long
hours to build the wall, the brick paths, the slate raised beds and the bespoke
woodwork. We spent hours constructing the sheds from sawn Cedar and a very unique
gate made from Oak, all the hard work paid off, Pennard Plants achieved their first Gold
Hampton court Palace 2013:
A smaller more compact and better detailed version of our food frame was installed in
the growing tastes marquee at Hampton Court Palace which earned a visit from the
Duchess of Cornwall.
Malvern Autumn 2013:
This year the brief was out of the red into the green and was designed to reflect the
needs of the modern couple. With rising debt, population increase and the cost of living
going up, this garden explores the need to change our lifestyles in terms of what we
should value the most. Our connection with life, each other and our food, in these
economic times of austerity, time is more valuable than money. Hardworking couples
can find the time to sit, talk, unwind, eat and drink and tend the space together
according to their likes and needs. Avant Gardens was again awarded a silver medal.
A haven of edible delights. This year Pennard Plants decided to apply their horticultural
expertise at a show garden. A monastic style vegetable and herb garden was designed
and brought together a collaboration between the National Botanical Garden of Wales,
Pennard Plants and Avant Gardens. The central frame was expertly crafted by Tom
Mccurrach an expert joiner and woodland ecology pioneer. Avant Gardens provided the
materials and labour for the floor plan, everyone working together to ensure a great
result. Pennard Plants was awarded a Silver Gilt.