Earlier in the year the North West members of Flowers from the Farm were approached by the RHS to enter a design at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July under a new feature called Garden Hideaways. The brief: ‘We give you a 6 x 4ft shed. You have the ultimate creative power to transform the shed into a wondrous creation that no gardener has ever seen before. The shed should be designed as a haven at the bottom of your garden for sanctuary and creativity, a place that showcases your passions and interests.’
Could we do that? Do we have the resources and the collective skills required to pull it off ? Like falling off the edge of a cliff we agreed that we should go for it and after a good few emails, meet ups, pots of tea and cake we had a plan in place for our very own Cut Flower Garden Hideaway. With strength in numbers it was incredible to see what we had managed to create in principle and I sketched our ideas onto paper.IMG_3989
The sheds for the five competition entries were erected on the site and we had just over a week to transform our ordinary garden shed into a stunning Cut Flower Garden Hideaway dripping with flowers that had been completely grown in the North West of England by our area members.
Between us we manned the shed for the duration of the show and the response from the public was incredible. They loved it…even reduced one lady to tears! Monty and Joe ran a fun competition from our sheds and I was lucky enough to have been at the shed that day to receive Monty’s ‘Trowel of Honour’ and have a little moment on the telly!
The burning question now is….are we going to do it all over again next year??