Landscaper Magazine columnist Paula Warman and her business partner and husband Mike, are celebrating success following the BBC Gardener’s World spring event that was held in Beaulieu, Hampshire during the Bank Holiday weekend.
Their business Aura Landscapes took home a Silver Merit award for their ‘Over the Garden Gate’ which was designed to inspire people to look over the gate and see what can be possible in their gardens. It was part of the
beautiful borders and showcase gardens – a feature of the show to provide aspiring gardeners and homeowners to get re-inspired with their outdoor space. This was Aura’s first show garden and and another accolade to add to their collection!
The garden was designed with the mind of trying to blend natural earthy and manmade industrial materials together to create a tranquil relaxing space. Whilst still having an emphasis on wildlife and biodiversity. Using reclaimed materials where possible to lower the carbon footprint.
“We wanted to reflect a feel of wild woodland around the borders of the garden, with a central oasis water feature that represents the source of colour and vigour spreading and slowly taking control,” explains Paula.
“Its inspiration was from the ancient Chinese wood preserving technique Sho Sugi Ban. The charring of the wood brings out the texture and its natural beauty. Using old reclaimed timbers and metal it was a space to inspire using old items, reduce carbon footprint and create habitats for wildlife.”
Mike adds: “We are absolutely over the moon to have won a Silver Merit for our first show garden as Aura Landscapes. It is a great achievement and we had fantastic feedback from the public who visited the show and the garden. It was a whole team effort and they are all excited by the prospect of more showcase gardens in the future”