A GARDENING event took place at Beaulieu, home of Palace House and the National Motor Museum, in Hampshire and the organisers have announced the awards.

At the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, landscape designer and consultant Paul Stone, landscape architect Ruth Gwynn and garden designer Cherry Carmen assessed the Showcase Garden and Beautiful Borders, with plant experts Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker leading the floral assessment.

The accolade of Best Showcase Garden was awarded to Longstock Park Landscapes and The Waitrose Farm with ‘The Longstock Way’.

Designer and landscaper Shaun Beale said: “It is wonderful that we have been able to present this garden to visitors at the spring fair who have been really inspired by our ethos of putting nature first. As a team, we are extremely thoughtful how garden design and build can improve, encourage and support nature. From sustainable materials, minimal wastage and recycling to planting that considers wildlife through every month of the year with food and shelter.”

Best Beautiful Border and a Platinum Award went to Aaron Marubbi from North Wales for his design ‘Ogwen Valley - Snowdonia’. Aaron said: “As a landscape designer, I am thrilled at this recognition and, as a proud north Walian, I am so pleased to have been able to showcase the beauty of our landscape to a wide audience. Nothing gives a designer more joy than seeing people engaging with their creations, and I was very happy at how visitors were responding to the border on the showground.”

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Award-winning landscaper and chair of the garden assessment panel, Paul Stone, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to assess the gardens at this second ever BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair. The quality here is high and it is exciting to see both new designers taking their first steps into the arena of show garden design as well as established designers and landscapers showing their skills and flair to an audience of keen gardeners. I have had a great day!”

Of the Best Showcase Garden, Paul said: “With The Longstock Way Showcase Garden, Shaun Beale and Longstock Park Landscapes have demonstrated their quality design and landscaping skills, as well plantsmanship and an unerring attention to sustainability in the garden. Shaun is clearly passionate about plants, as the garden includes inspiring combinations. I know that visitors will take away plenty of ideas from this garden.”

Lucy Chamberlain, garden writer and head gardener in Essex, said: “The floral assessment was tricky as the quality was very high, and I am delighted that Green Jjam were the ultimate winners. The public are always in for a treat coming to this spring fair, with lots of variety to explore for their gardens.”

The winners of Beautiful Borders were: platinum - best border: Ogwen Valley - Snowdonia by Aaron Marubbi and Maggie’s Way by Sparsholt College for Maggie’s in Southampton.

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Gold - A Sense of Place by Ann Stow and May Day Morning in Patrick’s Patch by Fairweather’s Nursery from Beaulieu, Hampshire.

Silver merit - Coastal Cottage by Heather Stevens from Christchurch, Dorset, Peacock Paradise by Becky Sibley, Wild Thyme Designs from Corsham, Wiltshire and Victorian Folly by Damien Michel from London.

Silver - Elementary My Dear Watson by Christine Mulinder from Hindhead, Surrey, Jermyn’s House by Sir Harrold Hillier Gardens and What’s it All About ALFI? By ALFI Committee from Alton.

Showcase Gardens: Silver merit - best showcase garden - The Longstock Way by Shaun Beale and Longstock Park Landscapes from Hampshire, Over The Garden Gate by Aura Landscapes from Southampton, and the Association of Professional Landscapers and The Working Garden by Jon Wheatley and Terry Porter from Bristol.

Silver - Hope Street Gardens by Martin Royer Garden Design and Tim Bembridge TAB Landscapes from Chandler's Ford.

Floral Awards: best floral display - Green Jjam from Upon-on-Severn, Worcester, second: Heucheraholics from Hampshire and third: Ice Alpines from Bewdley.

Next year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair will take place from 28 to 30 April 28 to 30.

For more information, visit: bbcgardenersworldfair.com

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