Silver Merit medal for Broomfield Hall Show Garden

Published on: Thursday, 13th June 2019

An ambitious show garden created by Horticulture and Construction students at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall and Ilkeston colleges has won a silver merit medal at the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC.

‘The Revelation Garden’ has been most ambitious planned by the Horticulture department and measuring 25m by 15m, is the largest garden at BBC Gardeners World Live which attracts thousands of visitors across four days. (June 13 to 16)

The College have again teamed up with the Derby branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and a range of sponsors headed by Don Amott Parks who will now re-build key features of the garden at their flagship Lakeside Park near Louth for holiday makers to enjoy after the show.

The centre piece for the garden is four life size wooden horse sculptures which have been hand-carved by an artist in Asia.  Mounted within a water feature, they form the entrance to the exhibit.  Visitors then walk through 6ft golden gates into four gardens depicting the emotions of reflection, peace, love and joy.

A wide range of flowers, shrubs and trees have been planted alongside specially constructed features such as seating areas and fountains alongside mood lighting and background music.

This year’s medal has continued the Broomfield Hall team’s winning streak.  Last year the students won the top Platinum medal for their border ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ as well as the prize for the best interpretation of the theme in the 23-strong category.  The two previous years resulted in Silver and then Gold medals.

Derby College Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin has 25 years’ experience of creating competition show gardens with students at Broomfield Hall.  He said: “We are obviously delighted to have won such a prestigious medal again for our most ambitious garden yet.  Around 70 students in the Horticulture and Construction academies have been involved in the design and build and we have had great feedback from both the judges and visitors.

“We are delighted again to be working alongside the Derby branch of the MS Society and, this year, with Don Amott Parks who have so generously supported us and who will ensure that ‘The Revelation Garden’ continues to be enjoyed for many years to come.  This has been a very exciting project for everyone involved and will give our students the opportunity to further develop their skills and creativity.”

Peter Milner, chair of the Derby branch of the MS Society, continued: “We have worked with the Horticulture team at Broomfield Hall for the past three years for Gardeners World Live.  We initially asked them to design a border to raise awareness of MS and the scope and scale of the designs have grown in size and stature since then.

“As well as supporting the project during the design stages, our volunteers help to meet and greet visitors to the show garden at the NEC which is a much needed opportunity to raise funds through donations and to raise awareness of the charity.”

Don Amott concluded: “I can’t believe how talented and creative the staff and students are at Broomfield Hall and we are so proud that they have won such a well-deserved medal.  We look forward to re-building it at Lakeside Park which is our flagship holiday home park and is renowned for its beautiful landscaping and natural surroundings. The Revelation Garden will be a wonderful focal point for everyone to enjoy.
 
“I also want it to showcase how highly we value Horticulture skills at all of our five parks and the continued importance of attention to detail and creativity in today’s leisure industry.”

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