“Horticulturally the garden is perfect. The planting couldn’t be better”
Kate Hillier, Chair of the Judges
“Jonathan’s English garden with it’s white colour scheme has created something of a sensation here. It is without a doubt the people’s favourite”
Phil Jacobson- Gardening World Cup Organiser
“It’s like being in heaven”
It’s all pomp and circumstance today. The awards were given out in the Huis Ten Bosch palace in a televised ceremony, followed by a gala dinner complete with Opera. Much more stylish than Chelsea. In spite of the accolades it was a disappointment to be awarded only a bronze medal. Kate Hillier, the lead judge, told me that although the planting was perfect, she didn’t like the proportions of the garden and I was marked down because the finished garden differed from the sketch. But we were supposed to be marked on the basis of our final written brief, with which my garden accorded exactly and of which the sketch was not a part and so I, together with other designers who were arbitrarily marked down, felt a little put out. Until, that is, I saw the reaction of the general public.