Harleston team wins gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show

A Harleston garden designer has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for a special garden marking the centenary of education charity Montessori.  Jody Lidgard, who runs landscape consultancy Bespoke Outdoor Spaces in Harleston, won the highest honour in horticulture at the prestigious show that draws tens of thousands of garden enthusiasts to London every May.

Mr Lidgard has previously helped in creating RHS gold medal-winning gardens at Chelsea, including a tea party-inspired garden produced in conjunction with luxury pottery brand Wedgewood last year, but this is his solo design debut.  He has collaborated with the UK’s leading charity for Montessori education, Montessori St Nicholas, to create a show garden.

His colourful, child-led and future-driven design showcases a split-level engaging space to nurture children, teaching them about the natural world via futuristic technology.  A sunken greenhouse showcases hydroponic technology to allow children to grow edible micro-vegetables and salad leaves.

Bespoke Garden Design were the people behind the new War Memorial garden, so if you didn’t get a chance to visit the RHS Chelsea show, you can at least see a piece of work by the award winners here in Harleston.