We are immensely chuffed that our Cactus-Direct: 2101 garden won triple awards at RHS Tatton 2017 in Cheshire – including the much-coveted GOLD award.
On Tuesday, July 18, we were awarded a Gold medal, as well as Best Construction in Show and Best Future Spaces garden, so it’s fair to say we were very happy indeed.
The judging process for RHS Shows is notoriously tough, and we worked extremely hard on planning the garden from January this year, and then working on site from the beginning on July.
We’ve had an amazing team this year supporting us with the build and the best sponsors we could hope for, so the whole experience has been really amazing. The launch was completed with a set by rock band Deep Shade, which worked really well. This garden was just (accidentally!) made to have a band playing on it.
We’re really chuffed that the garden looked just as good as we’d both imagined it. The cacti specifically were incredibly difficult to source, which led to us setting up a sister company called Cactus Direct. This new business imports and supplies large specimen cacti and delivers right across the UK. So watch this space for more news on that new venture.
The RHS Tatton launch day on Tuesday was a fabulously sunny day which allowed the Press to have early access to all the show gardens, as well as the final judging session taking place. Our garden designer Michael John McGarr has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, and the garden had hundreds of photographs taken of it, from every conceivable angle.
There were TV crews everywhere, and our garden was chosen to have Monty Don and Joe Swift introduce the BBC Gardeners’ World special from it, which is being shown this evening. Michael is also being interviewed about the 2101 garden to be aired on BBC Gardeners World tomorrow evening (Friday).
Pictured is garden designer Michael John McGarr (left) and landscape designer Robert Warnes (right), being presented with their three awards by the RHS director general Sue Biggs.