Hi Everyone! We have some very exciting news to share…
Our garden won GOLD at the Chorley Flower Show!!!
The Mayflower Themed Garden depicts a solitary vessel which has carried the Vanguard from the Mayflower, beached on the gravelly costal shore, landing close to the site of the future colony, that was to be called Plymouth, Massachusetts.
In order to create the garden, blue and white flowers and silver foliaged plants are used to emulate the pattern of the waves that transported the Pilgrims to land. These reflect both the maritime environment and the cold weather conditions which prevailed. The drifts of colour are interspersed with specimen plants, blue and white in colour.
In the background, the Mayflower, a comforting site to the Vanguard, lies in calmer waters at anchor in Providence Bay, flying the flags of England. The backdrop of the garden, a turbulent arrangement of fabrics in the traditional technique of rag rugging, uses colours of the ocean, blue and green, to reflect the vast body of water that the Leiden Group had crossed to achieve their vision.
The sky is streaked with the appliqued rays of the rising sun, introducing a hopeful glow of pink and amber. Maritime creatures and pearls, found in Providence Bay, adorn the themed garden.
The plants and flowers used are:
Cinerea ‘Silver Dust’
Cosmos var. ‘Purity’
Festuca ovina ‘Glauca’ (Blue Grass)
Lobelia var. ‘Crystal Palace’, ‘Cabridge’; trailing mixed
Orchid – Phal Royal Boog Blue
Echinops Blue Globe
Campanula Is Napoli
Enormous thanks go to everyone who helped make this garden possible, including the Standish Stitchers for their beautiful backdrop, the St Laurence Sunday School for their fish and the Mayflower Art Competition winners (please see the next blog post for more information).
Please check back for more of our Mayflower themed celebration in the run up to the start of the Mayflower 400 celebrations in November.