Our lucky draw winner Heidi had always dreamed of going to the Chelsea Flower Show but never thought she would be able to go. She said she could not believe her luck when My Nametags rang and offered her the 2 free tickets. She invited her keen gardener friend Isobella to make the journey up to London.
She said “It was superb with all the awe inspiring gardens and the displays in the tent! I have taken home so many ideas from all of the gardens and displays!”
One of her favourites was “A Literary Garden” by Bonnie Davies. Heidi chatted with Bonnie whose use of running water, abundantly free planting, time measured by sundial and natural materials to welcome wildlife, all combine to provide a perfect writing environment. The inspiration for the garden comes from Martin Cook’s (the other designer of the garden) work with Jan Hamilton Finlay at his garden “Little Sparta”. Martin and Bonnie’s garden is intended as a poets retreat with verse carved into various features to provoke thought and reflection. Bonnie designed the planting to be informal and overgrown favouring, Cornus Kousa “china girl”, Campanula “take me” and Geranium “jolly bee”.
Heidi said of the day, “ It was truly a dream come true and I cannot tell you how grateful I am. I will never forget the day. I loved the smaller gardens as my garden is quite compact and found the Welsh child’s garden so inspiring! I just loved the artisan gardens they were so beautiful! It is a day we will both remember with much happiness”.