Swindon garden designer Jill Blackwood is used to producing bespoke layouts, but was surprised when one client recently asked for an ‘off the peg’ garden.
The brief was simply to recreate Jill’s award-winning show garden, called A Bonnie Burn, to replace ‘a mud patch.’
The garden was originally created in 2006 for the Malvern Spring Gardening Show, and was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal. It was also featured on BBC TV’s Gardener’s World that year.
Jill aimed to create a beautiful space that would protect and nurture wildlife, and the show garden was designed to highlight how an attractive and functional wildlife area can be created anywhere.
She feels we could all do more to encourage wildlife, with areas of wildflowers, water features, animal shelters, insect homes, birds boxes or simply a pile of rotting logs as shelter and hibernation areas for bees and other insects.
Jill said: “We’ve become increasingly aware of our impact on the environment. Creating a mini eco-system within our gardens will help to attract and maintain wildlife and preserve biodiversity, and help to provide wildlife corridors in our towns and cities.”
The recreation of the award-winning garden from 8 years ago certainly got the thumbs-up from her client, who wrote to Jill to say: “I am very pleased with the total transformation of what was a mud patch, full of weeds, into something of beauty. It is already a place of joy and relaxation, instead of the headache it was before.”