But with hard work, quite a lot of sweat, a few tears and no blood at all (we’re very health-and-safety conscious) the garden was up in no time record time, and we weren’t even the last to finish. In fact, there was time left at the end for polishing the glass bottles, trimming grass blade-by-blade and literally cleaning soil off the ground – and I speak from experience... Given that we were first-timers, we were pretty proud of ourselves for completing the garden without a hitch, not only to our own high standards but also to the judges’ satisfaction – as demonstrated by our Silver Merit Award.
The best bit for me was the show itself, talking to the visitors and hearing so much positive feedback. We’d meant to inspire people and send them away bursting with ideas for their own gardens, and judging from what they said we succeeded in bucketloads! We were also delighted that Friends of the Earth popped in to chat to everyone about the Bee Cause, something that’s very close to our hearts. And then – too soon – it was over, and the wrecking bars came out... It was a priority to recycle as much as we could (I’m hoping that door will come in useful) and when not all the plants got sold Dave ended up driving a sort of mobile flowerbed down the M4!
All in all, it was an amazing experience, from the moment we arrived onsite to the final last look over our shoulders at a pile of rubble. Are we sad it’s over? Of course we are – but wait, what did Nick just mumble about “2018” and “Hampton Court”?